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An Illinois court ruled that it was barred by the first amendment from resolving a lawsuit brought by a dismissed member of an orthodox Jewish community

Key point 6-10.1. According to the majority view, the civil courts will not resolve disputes challenging a church's discipline of a member since the first amendment guaranty of religious freedom prevents them from deciding who are members in good standing of a church.
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* An Illinois court ruled that it was barred by the first amendment from resolving a lawsuit brought by a dismissed member of an orthodox Jewish community claiming that his dismissal lacked due process and amounted to defamation. A member (Aaron) of an orthodox Jewish community sued a fellow member in civil court as a result of the "sexual exploitation" of his minor son. A rabbinic court urged Aaron to dismiss his lawsuit on the ground that according to orthodox Jewish teaching that "whoever resorts to the gentile civil courts is a blasphemous infidel who strikes out against Mosaic Law, and he deserves to ...

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  • January 3, 2005

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