I received the following account of this happening and the public reactions that followed from a reader:
I live in a city where a council approved the use of taxpayer money to restore a historic church. Despite living in a liberal area, I was still actually shocked that most of the 20+ comments on the local paper's site were very against this (I agree with them, but I'm still shocked). One person noted that because the issue wasn't voted on but decided on by government officials, it was akin to the government endorsing a religion and was, therefore, unconstitutional. Others said a version of, "My land is older than the church and I'm not tax-exempt, so how about sending me some public money to fix my roof?"Interesting. Have you encountered anything like this where you live?
What do you think about the larger question of whether government should be supporting churches or other religious monuments determined to have historical significance? Are there circumstances where you think it could be acceptable?
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