The Coming War Over Religion And Local Zoning

There must be a lot of these going on at any moment. I just happened on one in New Jersey. It it about a Hispanic congregation, Pentecostal I assume, which was growing so rapidly it needed a larger building. It purchased an empty commercial property and applied for zoning as a religious use. The local government stalled and it has been in court for months.

Where you live, is there prejudice against Islam? If a group of Muslim people applied for a zoning permit, allowing no payment of property taxes, would your city’s government put the same routine stamp of approve it would give to a Christian application?

In the New Jersey case involving Hispanics, there has been all kinds of hand wringing over traffic and parking. Even though arrangements were made with other businesses for Sunday only parking, the local elected officials began asking, “What is these local arrangements fail in the future?”

Denial could fall under the local elected officials “Freedom of Religion” political ideology. Perhaps officials could vote to decline a zoning request for Muslims because Islam “violates our sincerely held religious beliefs.” In the case of Hispanic Pentecostals, the reason might be that Hispanic people are supposed to be Catholics.

The whole business of zoning for churches could be solved by simply determining them to be the commercial enterprises they are and having them conform to commercial zoning ordinances. And, require churches to pay the same property tax and special assessments.

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  1. Ervin Miller

    Prayer of St. Francis: “Lord make me a instrument of your peace, where there is hatred, let me sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is doubt, faith; where there is dispair, hope; where there is darkness, light; where there is sadness, joy; O divine Master, Grant I may not so much seem to be consoled as to consolen; to be understood as to understand; to be loved as to love; for it is in giving that we receive; it is in pardoning that we are pardoned; and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.

    1. Great prayer. I was kicked off this blog for posting prayers. entech and Jinx jumped out of their skin and Jon lectured me on the purpose of his blog. You seemed to have escaped his wrath.

      1. conservative Matt 2:16 I was kicked off this blog for posting prayers

        “Kicked off?” I see you are still here. I did take down your prayers when they were too long and too many of them.

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