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Pastor, Church & Law

written by Richard R. Hammar, J.D., LL.M., CPA

The City of Boerne Case

Volume 4 . Chapter 13 . § 13-02.3
Key point 13-02.3. In the City of Boerne case (1997), the Supreme Court ruled that the Religious Freedom Restoration Act was unconstitutional. Other courts have limited this ruling to state and local legislation, and have concluded that the Act continues to apply to federal laws.

In the City of Boerne case, in 1997, the Supreme Court struck down the Religious Freedom Restoration Act on the ground that Congress exceeded its authority in enacting the law.48 The Court's decision will impact virtually every religious organization in America. Some of those impacts are predictable, but others are not. This subsection reviews the facts of this important case, and the Court's conclusions.

Situated on a hill in the city of Boerne, Texas, some 28 miles northwest ...

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