The Alaska Civil Liberties Union argued Thursday in court that it was unconstitutional for the state Legislature to block the city from taxing homes owned by the Anchorage Baptist Temple.
The contentious case strikes at the heart of the relationship between religion and politics in Alaska. The Anchorage Baptist Temple has a large congregation and political influence.
The ACLU wants Anchorage Superior Court Judge Michael Spaan to throw out a 2006 state law exempting church-owned religious teachers' housing from property taxes. The civil liberties union argued the law discriminates in favor of religious groups.
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