42 U.S. Code § 2000cc - Protection of land use as religious exercise
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Protection of land use as religious exercise
(a) Substantial burdens
(1) General ruleNo government shall impose or implement a land use regulation in a manner that imposes a substantial burden on the religious exercise of a person, including a religious assembly or institution, unless the government demonstrates that imposition of the burden on that person, assembly, or institution—
is the least restrictive means of furthering that compelling governmental interest.
(2) Scope of applicationThis subsection applies in any case in which—
the substantial burden is imposed in a program or activity that receives Federal financial assistance, even if the burden results from a rule of general applicability;
the substantial burden is imposed in the implementation of a land use regulation or system of land use regulations, under which a government makes, or has in place formal or informal procedures or practices that permit the government to make, individualized assessments of the proposed uses for the property involved.
(b) Discrimination and exclusion
(1) Equal terms
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