Key point 7-10. Several cities have enacted ordinances permitting certain buildings to be designated as "landmarks" because of their historical or cultural significance. Buildings designated as landmarks generally may not be demolished or renovated without government approval. The Supreme Court has ruled that such laws do not violate a church's First Amendment right to the free exercise of religion.
A number of municipalities have enacted ordinances designed to protect and preserve buildings having historic or cultural significance. Such ordinances often are referred to as "landmark" laws. Occasionally, municipalities attempt to block the sale or demolition of church property on the basis of landmark ordinances. Of course, churches respond by claiming that use of a landmark law in such a context violates the First Amendment's guaranty of religious freedom. To illustrate, a federal appeals ...
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