So here in Atlanta, a Hindu temple filed for bankruptcy. This means that creditors are supposed to be allowed to do an inventory of all the temple’s assets.
But the Hindus at the temple are in the middle of a “216-day period of ritual cleansing” in which non-Hindus aren’t supposed to enter the temple.
So the judge ordered that the creditors send Hindus to do the inventory.
This is interesting on all sorts of levels:
1. It’s common sense over legal/constitutional anguish.
2. It’s forcing the creditors to choose its agents based on religion. Will non-Hindus miss out on something because they can’t do this job?
3. If a non-Hindu DID appear on the premises, would that be some kind of desecration that lowers the value of the temple?
[Link and these questions and more discussion at the law blog The Volokh Conspiracy]