- General rule. No government shall impose or implement a land use regulation in a manner that imposes a substantial burden on the religious exercise of a person, including a religious assembly or institution, unless the government can demonstrate that imposition of the burden on that person, assembly or institution
- is in furtherance of a compelling governmental interest; and
- is the least restrictive means of furthering that compelling governmental interest.
Let's stipulate that the protection of the rights of Muslims to project their faith within the shadow of ground zero--that topic was probably not primary in the minds of the drafters when they adopted RLUIPA. Still doesn't the act through a fairly large spanner into the works of any governmental machine trying to limit the use of the land in question?