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Recent Developments in Ohio Regarding Church Membership

An Ohio court ruled that the first amendment guaranty of religious freedom prevented it from resolving a dispute between a dismissed church member and his former church.

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Key point. The first amendment guaranty of religious freedom prevents the civil courts from resolving lawsuits by dismissed church members challenging the validity of their dismissals.

An Ohio court ruled that the first amendment guaranty of religious freedom prevented it from resolving a dispute between a dismissed church member and his former church. A church convened a business meeting at which a disgruntled member was dismissed from membership in the church. The dismissed member previously had sued his church for refusing to comply with his request to inspect the church's financial records. At the business meeting, the dismissed member claimed that several defamatory statements were made about him, including that he was a liar, that he was in league with Satan, that he had been "overtaken by a fall," that he was a "defiler of the temple" and an enemy of the church, and that he ...

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  • July 1, 1999