Court Rejects Buddhists' Temple

January 30, 2008

Author: Lynne Tuohy

Source: Hoovers/Hartford Courant

Jan. 30--The state Supreme Court Wednesday unanimously rejected the legal arguments and efforts by the Cambodian Buddhist Society of Connecticut to build a temple on 10 acres they own in Newtown.

The justices heard arguments last March on whether Newtown's denial of a special permit for the temple rises to a violation of state and federal laws that bar political entities from putting undue burdens on the exercise of religious freedom. The justices, in upholding a lower court ruling, said the denial does not rise to that level.