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Should courts get to define religion?

The Atlantic | May 2016


The Massachusetts Supreme Court is deciding if a religious center is using its land for religious or commercial purposes, a decision that could have huge tax implications.


From the story:


The case centers on a colonial-era law in Massachusetts that exempts religious houses of worship and parsonages from property taxes if they are used for religious worship or instruction. The shrine has enjoyed this perk since its founding in 1953. But in recent years, the City of Attleboro, nestled between Providence and Boston, has faced a tightening budget. It began looking to see where it could collect more revenue. The shrine, the only major tourist attraction in town, was an obvious target for tax collectors.

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