The Double-Standard
Of 'Religious Freedom'
Chester Twarog


Boston -- The steeple of a Mormon Temple is essential to its religious mission and cannot be regulated by zoning laws, the Supreme Judicial Court said yesterday in allowing the controversial steeple to be added to a temple in Belmont, Massachusetts.

Neighbors claimed the steeple would be an eyesore, and said the temple shouldn't be exempt from zoning requirements that would limit its height.

The dispute hinged on whether the steeple was critical to the religious mission of the temple.

From Cape Cod Times, page A4, 17 May 01.

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From: "Positive Atheism Magazine"
Subject: Re: Faith Based initiatives
Date: Friday, May 18, 2001 12:05 AM

I cannot see them exempting a nonreligious group because this or that illegal activity was essential to their nonreligious mission. Herein lies the double-standard.

As Karen Finlay once shouted: "It's the reason why my country is over with!"

Cliff Walker
"Positive Atheism" Magazine
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     people with no reason to believe

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