Should Courts Get to Define Religion? The Massachusetts Supreme Court will decide whether a local shrine should be tax-exempt. The city of Attleboro has decided that $4.9 million in property is not used for religious worship or instruction. They declared that a maintenance shed, coffee shop, conference rooms, and a religious bookstore—along with the forest preserve that covers more than half the campus—are used for secular purposes. The deeper issue is about who gets to define religion.