Thursday, January 21, 2010

"Free land for shrine unconstitutional

"The Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that a Hokkaido city government's decision to offer land for free to a shrine contravened the constitutional separation of state and religion.

"The judgment, which could have repercussions for other religious facilities built on public land, upheld previous rulings by the Sapporo district and high courts that an arrangement under which the city of Sunagawa leased land free of charge to the Sorachibutojinja was unconstitutional.

"This is the second time the top court has handed down such a judgment in cases regarding the principle of separation of state and religion."

By Asahi Shimbun (1/21/2010), Link to article (last visited 1/21/2010)

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