The U.S. Justice Department settled a religious discrimination lawsuit against the Southern California city of Walnut regarding a Buddhist house of Worship. A federal judge still must approve the settlement, announced by the Justice Department on August 3, 2011.
The lawsuit was filed by the department after the city violated the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act of 2000 (RLUIPA) when it denied the Chung Tai Zen Center of Walnut a permit in 2008 to construct a Buddhist house of worship on property owned by the Zen Center, according to a press release from the Justice Department. The denial forced the Zen Center to move to another facility in Pomona, California.
The release also noted that the city “had not rejected any application for a conditional use permit to build, expand or operate a house of worship since at least 1980.” Furthermore, the complaint alleged that in August 2008, Walnut approved a conditional use permit for “a Catholic church that, when completed, will be larger than the Zen Center’s proposed facility.”
“Religious freedom is among our most cherished rights,” Thomas Perez, assistant attorney general of the Civil Rights Division, said in the release.
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