Department of Justice Place to Worship Initiative - On Thursday, July 26, from 6 - 8 pm the Department of Justice in partnership with the USAO, and the JCRC will host a workshop on Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act (RLUIPA).
RLUIPA protects religious institutions from unduly burdensome or discriminatory land use regulations. Specifically, RLUIPA bars land use regulations that impose a substantial burden on religious exercise without a compelling justification, requires governments to treat houses of worship as favorably as nonreligious assemblies, and bars governments from discriminating among religions and from totally or unreasonably excluding houses of worship. Through this initiative we're trying to engage communities, religious organizations, and municipal officials about RLUIPA's requirements. For more information about the workshop - email: USAMN.Outreach@usdoj.gov