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DECISIONS Young’s e-mail address is gyoungnlj.com. the federal government’s decision to freeze the assets of a Muslim organization with suspected ties to Middle East terrorism violated neither the U.S. Constitution nor the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit held on June 20. Holy Land Found. for Relief and Development v. Ashcroft, No. 02-5307. Based on alleged ties and financial contributions to the Palestinian organization Hamas, the federal government designated a Texas-based Muslim organization, the Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development, as a “Specially Designated Global Terrorist” in a post-September 11, 2001, executive order pursuant to the International Emergency Economic Powers Act and froze the orga-nization’s assets. Holy Land sued, arguing that the action was an unconstitutional violation of its right of association and its right to free exercise of religion under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. Holding that there was “no constitutional right to facilitate terrorism,” a district court dismissed most of Holy Land’s complaint. The organization appealed. Affirming, the D.C. Circuit noted that Holy Land had designated itself as a “non-profit charitable organization” without any reference to religious purpose, and that evidence pointed to an association with Hamas. The court said, “Even accepting the dubious proposition that a charitable corporation not otherwise defined can exercise religion as protected in the First Amendment, preventing such a corporation from aiding terrorists does not violate any right contemplated in the Constitution or the RFRA. No one on behalf of Holy Land Foundation has forwarded the proposition that the fomenting and spread of terrorism is mandated by the religion of Islam.”

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