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No Tax Aid For Religion!: Why We Oppose Compelled Support For Faith In Mass.

The Massachusetts Constitution is very clear on the question of tax funding of religious institutions: It isn’t permitted.

The state charter holds that no “grant, appropriation or use of public money” shall be made to any “religious undertaking.” It also bars the use of tax aid “for the purpose of founding, maintaining or aiding any church, religious denomination or society.”

Nowhere in that document is there an asterisk stating that these rules don’t apply in the case of a house of worship that happens to be old.

Mass. Court Says OK To Program Of Tax Aid For Churches

A Massachusetts court in Sep­tember declined to freeze taxpayer funds intended for the repair of two old churches in Acton.

Americans United in July filed a lawsuit challenging three awards of taxpayer money to houses of worship to pay for renovations and upkeep. These awards were made under the state Community Preservation Act (CPA). The idea behind the CPA is to ensure that historic properties are maintained. AU argues that while historic preservation is a worthy goal, the program goes too far by directing taxpayer support to religion.

Mass. Court Says It’s All Right To Force Taxpayers To Foot The Bill For Church Renovations

Americans United in July filed a lawsuit in a Massachusetts court challenging three awards of taxpayer money to houses of worship to pay for renovations and upkeep.

These awards were made under the state Community Preservation Act (CPA). The idea behind the CPA is to ensure that historic properties are maintained. That is certainly a laudable goal, but in this case, we believe the state has gone too far.