The City of Sand Springs will soon seize a church to make way for a strip mall. Under the infamous Kelo ruling, local governments can seize private property if it believes that the seizure can generate more tax revenues. An amicus brief from the Becket Fund warned that since Churchs, Mosques, and Synagogues don’t generate tax revenue, naturally they would be the first on the chopping block. Relatedly, other groups like the NAACP warned that eminent domain abuse would disproportionately hurt the poor, minorities, and the elderly. Critics scoffed at these suggestions: after all, private property only matters to the rich and powerful; everyone knows it’s nothing more than a tool for oppression of the poor! Right.
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