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1:10 pm
Thu December 27, 2012

Homeowners Appeal Approval Of Religious Compound

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A group of Santa Fe-area homeowners is appealing Santa Fe County's decision to allow construction of a church where members drink a hallucinogenic tea as a sacrament.

The six Arroyo Hondo homeowners object to the county spending about $400,000 to extend a waterline and build a sewage-treatment system there.

The notice of appeal filed in state court Wednesday argues using taxpayer money violates New Mexico's anti-donation clause and the U.S. Constitution's separation of church and state.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports (http://bit.ly/U253fJ ) the church known as the UDV has been involved in legal battles for a decade and consistently declined comment.

The church sued after the county rejected it building plan. The county agreed last month to let it build a temple and to put in the water line.