Property Rights

Protecting land use rights for all religious traditions.

Unless you are on a plane or a boat, religious exercise involves some kind of land use. Unfortunately, far too many cities and towns are ignoring this fact when applying their zoning laws–and religious expression suffers. Recognizing these threats to religious liberty, the United States Congress, with nearly unanimous bi-partisan support, passed the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act, or RLUIPA, as a counterweight to the discretionary power of local zoning officials. The Becket Fund is the premier litigator of RILUPA, defending houses of worship nationwide against burdensome and discriminatory land use policies.

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