New Jersey Supreme Court Rules Taxpayer Grants for Historic Houses of Worship Unconstitutional
The New Jersey Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that the use of taxpayer dollars to fund church repair projects that support religious activities is unconstitutional, even for historic preservation.
The decision comes after a longstanding legal battle between the Morris County Board of Chosen Freeholders and the Wisconsin-based atheist group Freedom From Religion Foundation.
Through its taxpayer-funded historic preservation trust fund, Morris County had granted $4.6 million to a dozen churches that used the money to repair stained glass windows with religious imagery, slate roofs, building towers and ventilation systems, according to NJ.com....
The New Jersey Constitution could have a high likelihood being found unconstitutional by SCOTUS
Emma Green wrote: It‚Äôs also part of a significant trend: Rules on government money going to religious organizations are loosening, a shift that has consequences well beyond disaster aid and emergency management....
...Despite religious organizations‚Äô key role in disaster-recovery efforts, houses of worship weren‚Äôt equally eligible for federal disaster-relief and rebuilding funds. As a result, a number of groups, including three churches in Texas and an Orthodox Jewish organization in Florida, sued the government.
Early on, it was clear that they had the White House on their side. ‚ÄúChurches in Texas should be entitled to reimbursement from FEMA Relief Funds for helping victims of Hurricane Harvey (just like others),‚ÄĚ President Trump tweeted in September. From a legal perspective, time was arguably on their side as well....
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When this case reaches the Supreme Court of the US, I would think the New Jersey Court decision will be overturned.