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Court Barred by “Ministerial Exception” from Deciding a Gay Pastor’s Discrimination Lawsuit Member access only

But the case illustrates the potential for a church being liable for sexual harassment or creating a hostile workplace.
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Court Can Resolve Church Dispute over the Election of a New Pastor Member access only

Such intervention is allowed if the court does not address religious doctrine or polity.
Churches and Political Activities
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Churches and Political Activities

Understanding how a church's tax-exempt status is affected—or not—when it supports or opposes candidates, distributes voter guides, advocates for certain issues, and more.
How Various Political Activities Might Affect Tax-Exempt Status
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How Various Political Activities Might Affect Tax-Exempt Status Member access only

A helpful chart weighing what’s permitted and what’s prohibited for churches, based on IRS guidance.
The Tax Implications of Churches and Political Involvement

The Tax Implications of Churches and Political Involvement Member access only

Sorting through the IRS rules and guidance regarding political campaigns and legislative lobbying.
Politics, the Church, and Constitutional Protections

Politics, the Church, and Constitutional Protections Member access only

The Johnson Amendment and other tax laws try to limit activities by churches that intersect with politics—but the Constitution offers more cover than many pastors and leaders realize.
Navigating Vaccine and Mask Mandates

Navigating Vaccine and Mask Mandates Member access only

An attorney explores the best courses of action for churches to take.
Religious Freedom and the Church
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Religious Freedom and the Church

From government mandates to public accommodation laws to employment issues, churches must understand what is and isn't constitutionally protected.
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A Teacher Was Not Barred from Suing a Christian College for Discrimination Member access only

The school could not use the “ministerial exception” as a defense against the suit, says Massachusetts court.
Supreme Court's Fulton Decision Reinforces Religious Freedom Protections

Supreme Court's Fulton Decision Reinforces Religious Freedom Protections Member access only

Court says Philadelphia’s policy failed constitutional muster for church- and faith-based activities.
Religious Freedom Protection Expanded in South Dakota and Montana

Religious Freedom Protection Expanded in South Dakota and Montana

Twenty-three states now require their governments to meet higher standards whenever they “substantially burden” religious exercise.
Assessing US Supreme Court Rulings on Pandemic Restrictions

Assessing US Supreme Court Rulings on Pandemic Restrictions Member access only

What the high court’s COVID-19 decisions reveal regarding how government treats churches, businesses, and other organizations.

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