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The Constitutional Right to Leave a Faith and the “Dead Hand” of Religious Obligations

  • January 28, 2022
  • by Noel Sterett

Americans enjoy an inalienable First Amendment right to the free exercise of religion. Recently, the California Court of Appeals reaffirmed that the First Amendment implicitly includes the right to change one’s religious beliefs, forms of worship, and religious affiliations. In certain circumstances, an individual’s freedom […]

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Religious Land Use & the Church: Client Testimonial and Virtual Roundtable series

  • October 21, 2021
  • by Noel Sterett

Church Law & Tax is a leading resource for church leaders looking for guidance on legal and tax issues affecting religious institutions. Recently, Dalton & Tomich attorney Noel Sterett worked with Church Law & Tax to put together a series of videos to help pastors […]

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Racially Charged Religious Discrimination Prohibited Under RLUIPA

  • February 7, 2019
  • by Daniel P. Dalton

Although RLUIPA is mainly concerned with religious discrimination, racial animus towards a religious organization falls within the ambit of RLUIPA’s very broad protection. On February 7, 2019, the Fourth Circuit, citing the legislative history of RLUIPA, emphasized that “zoning board members or neighborhood residents explicitly offer race or […]

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What if RLUIPA Doesn’t Apply to My Case?

  • August 29, 2017
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It’s possible that RLUIPA, the Religious Land Use & Institutionalized Persons Act, will not apply to your particular religious land use case. Attorney Daniel P. Dalton of Dalton & Tomich, PLC in Detroit explains the options available to leaders of churches, mosques, temples, synagogues and […]

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What if My Zoning Request is Denied?

  • August 29, 2017
  • by Daniel P. Dalton

Religious land use attorney and author Daniel P. Dalton explains the options available to religious entities after the planning commission has denied a zoning request. This includes reviewing the zoning code to determine whether the planning commission decision is final, the appeals process and possible […]

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What is a Conditional Use Permit?

  • August 29, 2017
  • by Daniel P. Dalton

Attorney and author Daniel P. Dalton explains the different types of land uses that leaders of churches, mosques, synagogues, temples and other entities may encounter in religious land use cases. Dalton answers the common question “What is a conditional use permit?” and also addresses permitted […]

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The Cost of RLUIPA: The Time and Expenses of a Typical Religious Land Use Case

  • August 28, 2017
  • by Daniel P. Dalton

Nationally recognized religious land use attorney and author Daniel P. Dalton answers one of the most common questions he receives from prospective clients: How much time and money will this cost? Dan discusses parameters for timelines and costs in cases involving the Religious Land Use […]

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What is RLUIPA? The Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act

  • August 18, 2017
  • by Daniel P. Dalton

RLUIPA, the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act is explained by Daniel P. Dalton, one of the nation’s most experienced attorneys in representing, churches, mosques, temples and other religious institutions in religious land use and zoning cases. Read more about religious land use and […]

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RLUIPA Mosque Case: American Islamic Community Center vs. City of Sterling Heights, Michigan

  • August 18, 2017
  • by Daniel P. Dalton

The successful RLUIPA mosque land use and zoning case involving the American Islamic Community Center in Sterling Heights, Michigan is discussed by attorney Daniel P. Dalton. Dalton is one of the nation’s most experienced attorneys in representing mosques, churches, temples and other religious institutions in […]

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