Activist Convinced Kelo Ruling Jeopardizes Church Properties
By Bill Fancher
August 30, 2005
(AgapePress) - A legal organization says the Supreme Court's decision not to rehear its controversial eminent domain ruling could spell considerable trouble for churches.
In late June, the high court ruled in Kelo v. City of New London that cities could take private property for development if it meant benefits for the community as a whole. Last week the Supreme Court denied a petition filed on behalf of residents of New London to reconsider its original 5-4 ruling.
Steven Anderson of the Institute for Justice contends that the refusal to rehear the case carries an ominous message. "It makes crystal clear that the federal government is going to provide no protection for the property rights of home and small business owners around the country," he says.