Jump directly to the content

Pastor, Church & Law

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

Instructional Aids

Volume 4 . Chapter 14

Key Terms



public safety, convenience, peace and order


Sunday closing law

time, place, and manner restrictions

Learning Objectives

  • Understand the extent to which religious "witnessing" is a constitutionally protected practice.
  • Understand the extent to which prayer is a permissible activity on public property.
  • Distinguish between those religious displays on public property that are permissible under the establishment clause, and those that are not.
  • Describe under what circumstances public property can be used for religious purposes.
  • Explain the current status of Sunday closing laws.
  • Identify those situations in which the state has the legal authority to mandate medical treatment over the religious objections of the patient or the patient's family.

Article Preview

This article is currently available to ChurchLawAndTax.com subscribers only. To continue reading:

This content is designed to provide accurate and authoritative information in regard to the subject matter covered. It is sold with the understanding that the publisher is not engaged in rendering legal, accounting, or other professional service. If legal advice or other expert assistance is required, the services of a competent professional person should be sought. "From a Declaration of Principles jointly adopted by a Committee of the American Bar Association and a Committee of Publishers and Associations."

Due to the nature of the U.S. legal system, laws and regulations constantly change. The editors encourage readers to carefully search the site for all content related to the topic of interest and consult qualified local counsel to verify the status of specific statutes, laws, regulations, and precedential court holdings.



Experience a whole new way to set compensation. Eliminate the guesswork – get access to detailed compensation reports in just minutes.

Your Guide To Employee Handbooks

Your Guide To Employee Handbooks Subscriber access only

If updated regularly, an employee handbook can offer valuable legal protection against civil court claims made by disgruntled staff members.
Starting a Disaster Response Ministry

Starting a Disaster Response Ministry Subscriber access only

Safely and effectively serve people whose lives have been overturned by a disaster.