Church Law & Tax Report

January/February 1994
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Recent Developments

Issues that affect ministers and churches, with Richard R. Hammar
Mississippi
Schools

State Regulations for Schools Member access only

Court rules that regulations do not violate an organization's religious freedom.
Connecticut
Church Property Disputes

Churches Can Lose Property Upon Leaving Denomination Member access only

Be informed before you vote to secede.
Washington
Church Property Disputes

Church Buildings as Historical Landmarks Member access only

Designation of a church as a landmark may violate the First Amendment.
Minnesota

Dismissed Minister Sues Church for Defamation Member access only

Courts are prohibited from resolving such lawsuits.
Texas
Confidential and Privileged Communications

Written Communications and the Clergy-Penitent Privilege Member access only

In some cases, a letter written to a minister may be protected.
Virginia
Schools

Charges for Use of School Facilities Member access only

Court rules that a school cannot charge churches more than other groups for the use of its facilities.
Nevada
Schools

Church Rental of School Facilities Member access only

Court rules that schools cannot exclude churches from renting facilities.
Georgia

Ten Commandments Displayed in Courthouse Member access only

Court rules that display violates First Amendment.
Oklahoma

Dismissed Church Members Sue Member access only

Civil courts are prohibited from intervening in the dismissal of members.
Missouri

Retrospective Legislation Member access only

Legislation extending the time during which abuse victims can sue may violate state constitutional provisions.

Exemption from Social Security Member access only

The time limitation on applying for exemption is not renewed when a minister has a change in beliefs.

Application for Social Security Exemption Member access only

Late applications will not be accepted.
Idaho

Property Tax Exemption for Parsonages Member access only

The definition of a "parsonage" is limited in some states.

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Church Issues: Same-Sex Marriage and Gender Identity

Church Issues: Same-Sex Marriage and Gender Identity Member access only

Richard Hammar reviews public accommodations laws.
Sex Offenders in the Church

Sex Offenders in the Church Member access only

Legal and safety concerns to address when dealing with a sex offender.