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August 18, 2005

Not Sure What to Say

Perhaps something will come to me in the night, but upon first reading, I'm simply left speechless by this:

STATE SEN. Marian Walsh (D.-Dedham) has filed legislation requiring churches in Massachusetts to submit annual reports to the state detailing their collections, expenditures, funds on hand, investments, real-estate holdings, etc.

The proposed law would apply to all religions, and their churches, synagogues, mosques, temples, tents or storefronts. But the clear impetus for the bill was two cataclysmic events in the Roman Catholic Church: the long-running sexual-abuse scandal and the closure of many venerable parishes in the Boston Archdiocese.

Posted by Justin Katz at August 18, 2005 9:11 PM

Gosh, this would seem to be a violation of the 1st Amendment to the Constitution of these United States. No doubt the ACLU will be along any second to file a lawsuit stopping this.

No doubt...

Posted by: notdhimmi at August 22, 2005 11:05 PM

The proposal does not violate the first amendment. It will give information to the public. The government can already get that information if it wants, but the donors cannot.

Posted by: Tom at August 30, 2005 1:53 PM