Thursday, July 19, 2007

WorldNetDaily: Rejected church plans cost city $1.2 million

re: "The city of Lake Elsinore, Calif., whose officials said they preferred tax revenue to worship services when they rejected a church's building plans, now has paid the Elsinore Christian Center $1.205 million for that decision. /The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals had ruled in the church's favor in 2006, and the case was pending before the U.S. Supreme Court when the city asked to settle the dispute, according to officials with Advocates for Faith and Freedom, a national non-profit law firm working to protect religious liberties. /The appellate ruling found that the city violated the federal Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act of 2000, which codifies the First Amendment and provides that governments cannot use land use regulations, such as zoning, to place a "substantial burden" on churches unless there is compelling state interest..."...

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