Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Court Says Environmentalism Is Not A Religion

In Krause v. Tulsa City-County Library Commission, (ND OK, Jan. 23, 2017), a Oklahoma federal district court dismissed plaintiff's complaint that "fake" recycling bins in the downtown Tulsa library unconstitutionally burden his practice of his religion which he says is Environmentalism.  According to the court:
Plaintiff’s ... Complaint contains no factual support for Plaintiff’s conclusory assertion that Environmentalism is a religious, and not a secular practice or lifestyle....
Even if this Court were to accept that Environmentalism constitutes a religion or a religious practice, Plaintiff’s allegations do not support a plausible conclusion that the Defendant’s recycling program imposes a substantial burden on the exercise of a religious practice.