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Conservative Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch torched the city of Fredericksburg, Virginia, in a blistering dissent on Tuesday after city leaders probed into a church’s internal affairs in order to deny a tax exemption for a ministry couple’s home.“The First Amendment does not permit bureaucrats or judges to subject religious views to verification,” Justice Neil Gorsuch wrote in a dissent following the court’s refusal to hear the case. “About this, the Court has spoken plainly and consistently for many years.“At issue in the case was a tax-exemption claim on a home made by the New Life in Christ Church in Fredericksburg. The church had just hired a married couple to serve as college ministers in their congregation and had purchased a home for the couple to live in, expecting the purchase to qualify as a “ministerial house” under state law.But to the church’s surprise, the city denied their claim. Moreover, in denying the claim, the city argued that the church misunderstood its own religious doc …

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