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Church Law & Tax Report

July/August 2006
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Clergy—Income Taxes Subscriber access only

The United States Tax Court ruled that an itinerant evangelist was not able to deduct his travel expenses since he was never "away from home."

Clergy—Removal - Part 1 Subscriber access only

A Washington, DC court ruled that a lawsuit brought against a church by the dismissed principal of a church-operated school had to be dismissed as a result of the so-called "ministerial exception.”

Clergy—Removal - Part 2 Subscriber access only

A Colorado court ruled that it was barred by the First Amendment of religious freedom from resolving a pastor's claims that he was defamed and wrongfully dismissed by his church.

Clergy—Removal - Part 3 Subscriber access only

A federal appeals court ruled that the "ministerial exception" to employment discrimination laws prevented it from resolving an age discrimination lawsuit.

Clergy—Removal - Part 4 Subscriber access only

A federal district court in Georgia fined a pastor for filing frivolous lawsuits against his denomination relating to his dismissal.

Employment Practices Subscriber access only

A federal court in Illinois dismissed a sexual harassment lawsuit against a church-operated school on the ground that the plaintiff failed to file the lawsuit by the deadline.

Insurance Subscriber access only

A camp's general liability insurance policy did not apply to sexual misconduct claims because these claims were specifically excluded by the policy.

Sexual Misconduct by Clergy, Lay Employees, and Volunteers - Part 1 Subscriber access only

A church and denominational agency were not responsible for damages caused by a pastor's sexual relationship with a female member of his congregation.

Taxation—Church Property Subscriber access only

A Kansas court denied a property tax exemption to a church that allowed a for-profit corporation to conduct a child care program on church property.

Sexual Misconduct by Clergy, Lay Employees, and Volunteers - Part 2 Subscriber access only

A church was not liable for its pastor's acts of child molestation on the basis of respondeat superior, breach of a fiduciary duty, or negligent hiring or supervision.

Sexual Misconduct by Clergy, Lay Employees, and Volunteers - Part 3 Subscriber access only

An Ohio court ruled that a church and denominational agency were not liable for a pastor's sexual relationship with a female member of his congregation.
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Immigration & the Church

Immigration & the Church Subscriber access only

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Liability & Church and State Issues: Volume 4 of Pastor, Church & Law

Liability & Church and State Issues: Volume 4 of Pastor, Church & Law Subscriber access only

Learn which local, state, and federal laws apply to religious organizations.