"The tax assessors of Attleboro, or anywhere, cannot divide religious spaces from non-religious spaces within a church-owned property. For many religious traditions, worship, service, and charity are indivisible and inseparable," she said. "The tax assessors have made false distinctions that go to the heart of religious self-understanding, Defining 'houses of religious worship' to include only those 'structures' that a local assessor may understand to be 'traditionally' associated with religious organizations opens the door to favoritism and marginalization."
"The First Amendment and the Massachusetts Constitution safeguards that the church, synagogue, mosque, gurdwara or shrine (not the government) determines their religious practices for themselves," she said.
The Massachusetts Conference Board of Directors voted by email to join the brief, given its likely importance to local churches who may be impacted by it.
The case was argued before the Superior Court on Tuesday, April 5.
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