TROY, Alabama -- Troy University is again facing criticism over its new faith-based dormitories, this time over its agreement to lease the publicly-owned site of the dorms for 25 years at a rate of just $1 per year.
"It makes you wonder if they would offer that to a group of atheists or a group of Muslims," said Andrew Seidel, staff attorney for the Freedom From Religion Foundation.
The Wisconsin-based organization, dedicated to maintaining the principle of church-and-state separation, is currently investigating Troy's new dorms that cater to students with active spiritual lifestyles.
But Nicholas Cervera, an attorney representing Troy University, said the lease is virtually identical with those Troy has used to build secular dorms and that the deal gives the university other advantages than just $25.
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