Being a conspiratorial sort, I have to wonder if this wasn’t the intent of Kelo v. New London all along:
A prominent Christian lobbying organization is warning its supporters a recent landmark Supreme Court decision puts churches at particular risk for seizure since they do not generate tax revenue for government.
“Churches occupy prime city properties all across America, but what will happen if local governments seeking more revenue set their sights on them?” asked Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, in an e-mail.
The June 23 Supreme Court ruling in Kelo v. City of New London gave the Connecticut town’s government the approval to seize residents’ homes and transfer them to a private party for development of an office complex. In the highly controversial decision, the justices ruled 5-4 that the economic development and increased tax revenue resulting from the eminent domain action qualified as “public use” under the Fifth Amendment of the Constitution.
Is it just me, or are things happening more quickly the last couple of months? Between Kelo and the court ruling last week that awarded an Arizona ranch to a pair of illegal aliens (“traumatized” by a citizens’ patrol that gave them water, cookies, and a blanket), it just feels like we’re picking up downhill velocity on the proverbial slippery slope. And yet we see nothing on the evening news but Sheehan, Holloway, and assorted political catfights staged to keep up distracted.
1930s Germany couldn’t have been that much different than this.