Communities pay a high price when religious groups invoke land-use law

"For most elected representatives in this day and age of tight budgets, they're afraid of having to finance these cases all the way to the Supreme Court," said Marci Hamilton, the chair in public law at Yeshiva University's Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law who specializes in religious freedom issues. "So this clearly unconstitutional law keeps rolling around the courts and wreaking havoc in residential neighborhoods."