Churches stand on desirable and potentially taxable property. This much is true. But let me be a voice of sanity here; I doubt the taking of ONE church’s land will lead to the confiscation of mass numbers of church properties. Considering where it happened – right in the middle of Flyover Country (a term I despise even though I don’t live in the Midwest) – someone was taking the risk of bringing down a helluva mass of public opprobrium on his head. The guy who OKed that deal is going to be going around for the next three years with people coming up to him and saying, “Hey, are you some kind of BIGOT??” NO one would willingly risk such self-abasement unless he were somehow to profit from it.
I guarantee you, it only happened because there’s a lot of potential for commercial development there and some guys in city government will have their hands in the cookie jar once something goes up on that site. The bright side of it is that now we can use Kelo as a test for corruption in local government – if a city takes out a church, one may safely assume it’s because somebody at City Hall has a vested interest in seeing it go.