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Sauk City's Freedom of Religion case

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Sauk City's Freedom of Religion case

Postby Henry Vilas » Sun Feb 02, 2014 2:43 pm

A Sauk City church is suing the village in federal court for denying a zoning change that would allow its relocation to an industrial park.

The lawsuit filed by the River Hills Community Church claims the village infringed on the congregation’s liberties by restricting its right to worship at the former Community Business Bank building on Sycamore Street.

Sauk City’s zoning code requires churches to get a conditional use permit in order to locate within village limits, to be on a minimum two-acre lot and located in a residential area.

“Such an onerous restriction reminds one more of a Middle Eastern dictatorship or Chinese state control rather than a free America,” said John Mauck, a Chicago attorney who is representing the church. “If people want to form a congregation, buy a building, and comply with every building fire, health and safety code, why should a city say ‘You cannot locate in our town without our say so?’”

If the church is willing waive its property tax exemption, then their lawyer might have a point.
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Re: Sauk City's Freedom of Religion case

Postby snoqueen » Sun Feb 02, 2014 2:56 pm

Don't forget Sauk City, in addition to being Wisconsin's oldest incorporated village, is the historic home of the Freethinkers, a group of German immigrants who literally sought freedom from religion.

That could play a part in the unfriendly-to-religion way the village ordinances were written.

http://www.co.sauk.wi.us/artsandculture ... nkers-hall
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Re: Sauk City's Freedom of Religion case

Postby wack wack » Thu Feb 27, 2014 9:28 am

A Sauk City church is suing the village in federal court for denying a zoning change that would allow its relocation to an industrial park.

“Such an onerous restriction reminds one more of a Middle Eastern dictatorship or Chinese state control rather than a free America,” said John Mauck, a Chicago attorney who is representing the church.


Is this kind of talk really effective anymore? For anyone? When I read something like this all I can think is, "you are a moron, your cause must be moronic."

Who is he hoping to win over with such ridiculous rhetoric?
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Re: Sauk City's Freedom of Religion case

Postby Maggie » Thu Feb 27, 2014 10:37 am

Won't God smite the evil town officials? Problem solved!
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Re: Sauk City's Freedom of Religion case

Postby gargantua » Thu Feb 27, 2014 12:32 pm

Maggie wrote:Won't God smite the evil town officials? Problem solved!

Actually, that's why this winter has been so long and so damn cold. Want to see summer ever again? Better stop pissing off the Almighty.
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Re: Sauk City's Freedom of Religion case

Postby Detritus » Thu Feb 27, 2014 4:44 pm

gargantua wrote:
Maggie wrote:Won't God smite the evil town officials? Problem solved!

Actually, that's why this winter has been so long and so damn cold. Want to see summer ever again? Better stop pissing off the Almighty.

Maybe God likes this weather. After all, it's not Heaven that's know for being hot....
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