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Church Law & Tax Report

January/February 1988
Articles with a Member Access Only are available only to members.


Recent Developments

Issues that affect ministers and churches, with Richard R. Hammar
Church Property

Church Loses Property after Withdrawing from Denomination Member access only

A deed to a church's property may dictate who maintains ownership of the property in the event of a dispute.
Charitable Contributions; Payroll Tax Reporting; Tax Exemption

The Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Bill of 1987 Member access only

Provisions of interest to churches and clergy
Freedom of Religion

Constitution Bars Civil Courts from Resolving Disputes over Rules Set by Religious Organizations Member access only

Civil court barred from resolving a dispute over a parliamentary ruling made at the 1985 Southern Baptist Convention.
Multi StateFederal
Freedom of Religion; Schools

Court Reversed Ruling Books Constituted an Impermissible Establishment of the "Religion of Secular Humanism" Member access only

A federal appeals court reversed a lower court ruling on books used in the Alabama public schools.