The issue of eminent domain and the recent Supreme Court decision has a chilling effect on non-profit organizations and their property.

If a city needs to increase their revenue and a developer would like some land, what better source than property that currently does not pay any taxes? Some churches with “prime locations” are not very protected with this Supreme Court ruling.

As a side note, I find it interesting that my hometown newspaper, the StarTribune, has not commented on their editorial page concerning this recent ruling. They were very quick to support the latest ruling on the Ten Commandments in the Kentucky case, but they have balked at any opinion concerning the right of eminent domain. I find that interesting.

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