Supreme Court Declines New Jersey Case About Preservation Grants to Religious Buildings

The Supreme Court is seen in the early morning on Feb. 1, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

Three conservative Supreme Court justices say barring synagogues, temples, churches and mosques from programs that award money for preservation work is discrimination.

The statement from Justice Brett Kavanaugh, joined by Justices Samuel Alito and Neil Gorsuch, came as the court declined Monday to take up a case from New Jersey that raised the issue of preservation grants to religious buildings.

Kavanaugh wrote that he agreed with the court’s decision not to hear the New Jersey case, but he said that at some point the justices “will need to decide whether governments that distribute historic preservation funds may deny funds to religious organizations simply because the organizations are religious.”

“Barring religious organizations because they are religious from a general historic preservation grants program is pure discrimination against religion,” he wrote.

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Source: Religion News Service