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June 23, 2005

What’s in Domain Name? This Eminent Domain is Called Tyranny

Stay tuned for Rick's post on the Supreme Court’s 5-4 decision today to allow governments to use eminent domain to seize the land of private landowners for the purpose of giving the land to other private interests, for economic purposes. He has professional expertise that will inform his analysis.

From my standpoint, this is one of the worst Court decisions since Roe v. Wade.

Property ownership is a pillar of our free society, is it not? Not according to the liberals on the Supreme Court. We’re not talking about taking private land to build a road or put in a river levee or a power plant. We’re talking about seizing land so Wal-Mart can add a store, or a land developer can put in a multi-use development, office park, or hotel complex.

Why is it that the liberals want every kind of freedom, except the freedom to buy and own land?

The battle to put conservatives on the Court gains in importance as each day passes. Especially today--a bad day for freedom in America.

Posted by Jim at June 23, 2005 01:34 PM

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I'm curious is there is an extra concern for churches. My church is currently trying to build in a rapidly expanding suburb, but the city fights us because every church means lost tax revenue (we don't produce any). If expanding communities are looking to convert low tax revenue properties to high, won't churches become a target. Are churches provided any special protection in the court decision? This could quickly become a spiritual issue, not just a civil one.

Posted by: bruce at June 23, 2005 05:28 PM