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WDC MEDIA — Initiatives to counter Kelo on Nov ballots

September 22, 2006

WDC MEDIA NEWS
Christian News and Media Agency
Stonyford, California
September 22, 2006

Initiatives to counter eminent domain
ruling on several November ballots

(AgapePress) — The president of a pro-family group in Michigan says concerned Christian voters in his state have a chance to limit local governments from condemning homes and churches for private development projects.

Michigan is one of six states that will have proposed constitutional amendments limiting eminent domain on their November ballots. In the Kelo decision last summer, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that municipalities have the right to condemn homes, businesses, and churches to make way for private development projects.

Gary Glenn, head of the American Family Association of Michigan, says the initiative to counter that ruling has broad support. “Everybody from Center for Law & Policy [legal arm of the American Family Association] to the National Council of Churches to the NAACP has spoken out against this outrageous decision,” says Glenn.
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NEW YORK TIMES — Church at center of debate on eminent domain

January 26, 2006

Note: AFA-Michigan will be endorsing a state constitutional amendment — set to appear on our November 2006 ballot — to prohibit local governments from condemning private homes and churches for private development projects that promise higher property tax revenue. Watch for more news on this issue.
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NEW YORK TIMES
New York, New York
January 25, 2006

Humble church is at center of debate on eminent domain
by Ralph Blumenthal

SAND SPRINGS, Okla., Jan. 23 – With bulldozers churning up the earth at the front door, the small Centennial Baptist Church in this struggling industrial hub west of Tulsa seems about to fall to the wrecker.

The Rev. Roosevelt Gildon in his Centennial Baptist Church, in Sand Springs, Okla. The church is resisting the city’s plan to clear the church and other occupants to make way for superstores like the Home Depot. (more…)

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