An Evanston alderman wants to give the City Council the power to decide which religious organizations are allowed to set up shop in commercial districts.

For cartoonist Junad Rizki of Ponzi and Friends, that doesn’t seem to square well with our country’s basic freedoms.

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  1. Constitution?

    Since when does the City Council care about the Constitution?  It’s just not convenient, or not  politically correct, for Evanston to have to follow federal laws, so the council can happily ignore it and make up their own as they want. Doesn’t matter to them, it’s the taxpayers who bear the cost of defending lawsuits, and having businesses move out, or not even consider Evanston as a viable location, or make a large population criminals because they quietly disobey these infringements on basic rights that SHOULD BE protected, but not in the People’s Republik of Evanstink.

    Enacting laws that contradict the constitution should be held as treasonous.  Elected officials that should know better don’t seem care until it hits their own pet project.

    Past time for a whole new government. Like fish and visitors who have overstayed their welcome- this one stinks.

  2. Rainey and churches

    Did Ann Rainey really say that stuff about "we have no clue what is going on in those places" and  "that is not very Christian", or did Junad just fabricate those quotes? Enquiring minds want to know.


    As for zoning against churches…I am not a fan of zoning in general, but this is not a constitutional issue.  Nobody has proposed prohibiting certain kinds of religions or preventing anyone from practicing their religion.  The City does have a legitimate interest in limiting the number of tax-exempt properties, especially in a commercial district.  The City also has a legitimate interest in preferring businesses that generate sales tax  or at least generate  traffic and customers for other businesses.

    This really is no different than the City not wanting an adult day care center…maybe the property owner should be allowed to have his zoning variance for day care, but it is not a religious freedom question.


    1. verification

      Go to the 8th ward quick topic site and watch the council meeting on the public channel you will get your answer.

      The courts can decide the issue, that is if anyone wants to pursue it.  Then again there may not be enough votes to even pass the change.

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