Cross Nadel LLC's amicus brief referred to and quoted in Boston Globe today.
Boston Globe columnist Jeff Jacoby in his column today referenced and quoted the amicus curiae brief field by Cross Nadel LLC attorney Heidi A. Nadel on behalf of the Massachusetts Council of Churches and 11 other religious organizations representing nearly every major religion in the Commonwealth in the case The Shrine of Our Lady of LaSalette versus the Board of Assessors of Attleboro she filed in the case against the Board of Assessors of Attleboro.
The case raises important issues of religious autonomy and religious freedom. It also puts at risk the ability of religious organizations across the Commonwealth to sustain themselves. The amicus brief filed by the firm sets forth an interfaith statement of concern that local tax assessors not be given discretion to parse what counts as religious worship and what does not when determining whether property owned by a nonprofit religious organization is tax exempt. As the brief argues, "It is troubling to think that a local tax assessor would be empowered to decide what constitutes worship for any religious group." The Supreme Judicial Court heard argument in the case today. A decision is expected in the next 120 days. Watch the hearing video.