N.J. Court Strikes Down Tax Aid To Houses Of Worship.

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The Supreme Court of New Jersey ruled April 18 that taxpayer money may not be spent for the repair and maintenance of houses of worship deemed historic.

Since 2012, Morris County has distributed more than $4.5 million in tax revenue to a dozen active churches through a program designed to aid historical preservation. These grants are in direct conflict with the Religious Aid Clause in New Jersey's constitution, which says that no resident can be compelled to pay taxes for "building or repairing any church or churches, place or places of worship."

Americans United, joined by American Civil Liberties of New Jersey and the national ACLU, filed a friend-of-the-court brief in the lawsuit, Freedom From Religion Foundation v. Morris County Board of Chosen Freeholders, and Alex J. Luchenitser, AU's associate...

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