Wednesday, August 03, 2016

Unitarian Church Sues Saying It Has Religious Duty To Use Solar Panels

RLUIPA Defense blog reported last week on a suit filed in late June in Massachusetts by a Unitarian church seeking to install solar panels on its building in an Historic District. The complaint (full text) in First Parish in Bedford, Unitarian Universalist v. Historic District Commission of the Town of Bedford, (MA Superior Ct., filed 6/27/2016), contends that the denial of a certificate of appropriateness to install solar panels on the roof of its Meetinghouse infringes church members' free exercise of religion in violation of the Massachusetts and U.S. Constitutions. The complaint alleges that:
Unitarian Universalists ... believe that their religion necessarily involves taking action on a personal, congregational and community level to confront and mitigate mankind's role in causing and exacerbating global warming.