Homeowners appeal SF OK of religious compound

Posted at: 12/27/2012 10:42 AM
Updated at: 12/27/2012 3:16 PM
By: The Associated Press

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) -A group of Santa Fe-area homeowners is appealing Santa Fe County's decision to allow construction of a church where members drink a hallucinogenic tea as a sacrament.
    
The six Arroyo Hondo homeowners object to the county spending about $400,000 to extend a waterline and build a sewage-treatment system there.
    
The notice of appeal filed in state court Wednesday argues using taxpayer money violates New Mexico's anti-donation clause and the U.S. Constitution's separation of church and state.
    
The Santa Fe New Mexican reports the church known as the UDV has been involved in legal battles for a decade and consistently declined comment.
    
The church sued after the county rejected it building plan. The county agreed last month to let it build a temple and to put in the water line.

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