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Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Georgetown's "Apostles"

Check out this Washington Post story, about nine hard-partying Georgetown students who live in a $2 million (!!) rowhouse in Georgetown and who are insisting that they are a religious community, and therefore entitled to an exemption from zoning laws about unrelated people living together.

The neighbors call it blasphemy and a possible precedent-setting threat to property values. It has impressed some of the young men's parents, including one who called it "ingenious" and another who said they were defending American property rights in the face of fuddy-duddy Georgetowners. And it has registered little reaction from the Catholic university, which says it doesn't consider the Apostles its business.

"It's between the owners of the property and the city," university spokesman Erik M. Smulson said.

So much for in loco parentis.  Seriously, though, the rest of the article raises interesting questions about the creation and application of religious accommodations.

Posted by Rick Garnett on November 15, 2006 at 02:32 PM in Property | Permalink

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