Since the Supreme Court's controversial Kelo decision last summer, eminent domain has entered a new frontier. It’s not just grandma’s house we have to worry about. Now it’s God’s house, too. “I guess saving souls isn’t as important,” says Reverend Gildon, his voice wry, “as raking in money for politicians to spend.” The town of Sand Springs, Oklahoma, has plans to take Centennial Baptist — along with two other churches, several businesses, dozens of small homes, and a school — and replace them with a new “super center,” rumored to include a Home Depot.Read more here…
The Oklahoma Constitution reads:
Private property - Taking or damaging for private use.
No private property shall be taken or damaged for private use, with or without compensation, unless by consent of the owner, except for private ways of necessity, or for drains and ditches across lands of others for agricultural, mining, or sanitary purposes, in such manner as may be prescribed by law.
I do not believe that the private commercial development is considered to be “private ways of necessity.” The Vision 2025 needs to refocused. The grabbing of private property, and now private church property, is so unbelievably un-American and unethical. To do something about this, contact Oklahomans in Action. (http://www.oklahomansinaction.com/)