State High Court Hears Buddhist Temple Case

February 29, 2008

Author: Jim Brooks

Source: NWANews/Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

A dispute over control of a Buddhist temple was the subject of oral arguments Thursday in the state Supreme Court, one issue being who should have been allowed to vote in an election in which rival groups sought the Wat Buddha Samakitham temple in Fort Smith.

An attorney for one group argued that a circuit judge had improperly intervened in ecclesiastical law when he accepted a membership list put forward by one of the parties. An attorney for the other side said membership was a factual issue for the judge to decide.