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Pastor, Church & Law

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

Instructional Aids

Volume 4 . Chapter 14

Key Terms

discretion

proselytize

public safety, convenience, peace and order

religion

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.

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