included Science of Creative Intelligence Transcendental Meditation (SCI/TM), which has similar practices to that of Maum Meditation). 129.
Article I, Section 3 of the Illinois Constitution provides in relevant part that:
The free exercise and enjoyment of religious profession and worship, without discrimination, shall forever be guaranteed, and no person shall be denied any civil or political right, privilege or capacity, on account of his religious opinions. 130.
The Property on which MMHT seeks to exercise its religion is located in an
Estate (E) zone. 131.
The Estate (E) zone permits religious institutions with 10,000 square feet or less
as of right, but requires “community service uses, not otherwise classified” to obtain a conditional use permit in order to operate in the Estate zone. (Ex. F, Table 6.2). 132.
Article 188.8.131.52 of the UDO defines “religious institutions, 10,000 square feet or
less” by stating that “religious institutions primarily provide meeting areas for religious activity.” (Ex. F). 133.
Under the UDO, MMHT is a religious institution, 10,000 square feet or less
because its primary purpose is to provide a meeting area for Maum Meditation, which is religious activity. Therefore, under the UDO MMHT is permitted as a right in the Estate (E) zone. 134.
In denying that MMHT is a religious institution without any basis in the UDO or
other code, Defendant is applying a different standard to MMHT than it would other religious institutions in violation of the First Amendment. 135.
Eric Waggoner’s letter finding that Maum Meditation is not a religion, while
conceding that Maum Meditation is a religious/spiritual activity, and therefore finding that MMHT is not a religious institution and thus a permitted use in the Estate (E) zone, is based
Published on Jun 17, 2013
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