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On 8/18/2018 at 11:11 AM, dialamah said:

There is a town in Michigan where only practicing Christians are allowed to buy or inherit real estate.   The bylaw has been around since the 1940s, first passed to prevent Jews from buying, and was strengethened in 1986.  Non-Christians can rent.  The bylaw is being challenged in Court.  

Although this bylaw is clealy discriminatory, my initial reaction is its ok in this context.  If a group of people want to create their own community, they should be allowed to do so.  But I thought I would put it out here to hear other thoughts.

The article is a good read, btw, as it highlights the issues people are facing as the population has grown more progressive but the bylaw has not.

We could make a distinction between the state and the market. If a Christian refuses to sell his house to anyone other than another Christian, that's one thing. But what about if the state (in this case the municipality as an extension of the state) imposes a law or bylaw saying that a person may not sell his property to non-Christian? What happens if a Christian himself considers the law anti-Christian in spirit and so would rather sell his property to whoever is willing to buy it but the state forces that Christian to act in what that Christian considers to be an un-Christian manner by refusing to sell to a non-Christian?

I think a clear difference exists between the market and the law.

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