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The Constitutional Right to Leave a Faith and the “Dead Hand” of Religious Obligations

  • January 28, 2022
  • by Noel Sterett

Americans enjoy an inalienable First Amendment right to the free exercise of religion. Recently, the California Court of Appeals reaffirmed that the First Amendment implicitly includes the right to change one’s religious beliefs, forms of worship, and religious affiliations. In certain circumstances, an individual’s freedom […]

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How Christian Retirement Centers and Assisted Living Facilities Can Overcome Zoning Barriers

  • November 15, 2022
  • by Noel Sterett

The percentage of Americans in search of senior housing alternatives continues to increase. Fortunately, many churches and faith communities are stepping up to meet the needs of the older generation by establishing faith-based retirement centers and assisted living facilities. They provide seniors with more than […]

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Recent Church Fires In Rockford Highlight Importance of Church Arson Prevention Act

  • November 9, 2022
  • by Noel Sterett

News of church fires in Rockford, Illinois and Jackson, Mississippi have highlighted the importance of a little-known federal law called the Church Arson Prevention Act. Congress passed the law in 1996 to make it a federal crime to damage houses of worship or violently interfere […]

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Religious Organizations Must Review Their Employment Policies and Job Descriptions After Recent Court Decision

  • August 5, 2022
  • by Noel Sterett

Most churches, religious schools and ministries make employment decisions according to sincerely held religious beliefs or a set of religious standards. They seek to hire employees that share the organization’s beliefs and are willing to abide by the organization’s standards. When an employee abandons those […]

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Supreme Court Orders Maine to Stop Discriminating Against Religious Schools in Tuition Assistance Program

  • June 21, 2022
  • by Noel Sterett

This morning, the Supreme Court issued a landmark ruling in Carson v. Makin, yet another case involving government discrimination against religious schools. In a 6-3 decision, the Supreme Court held that the State of Maine could not exclude religious schools from the government’s tuition assistance […]

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How to Guard Against Fraud and Theft in Your Non-profit or Religious Organization

  • February 18, 2022
  • by Noel Sterett

Every year, millions of dollars are stolen or misappropriated from churches and non-profits across the country. The culprits are often the least expected people in the organization. Whether it is a pastor embezzling funds, an employee or volunteer abusing a corporate credit card, or a […]

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Public School Closings Open Door to Religious Schools and Set Stage for State and Local Legal Battles

  • January 5, 2022
  • by Noel Sterett

Hundreds of thousands of parents across the country just learned that their local public schools will be closing. In Chicago alone, 330,000 students will be denied in-person instruction. Panicked parents, who are already familiar with the difficulties and inadequacies of remote learning, are looking for […]

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Dalton & Tomich wins injunction against Hinds County, Mississippi on behalf of The Church at Jackson

  • September 27, 2021
  • by Emily

County’s zoning ordinance violates Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act (RLUIPA) Media Contacts: Barbara Fornasiero, EAFocus Communications; barbara@eafocus.com; 248.260.8466; Noel Sterett; nsterett@daltontomich.com; 815.997.7221 Detroit—-September 27, 2021—National law firm Dalton & Tomich announced it has won an injunction on behalf of the Church at Jackson […]

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Top Five Tactics Bishops use to delay a local Methodist Church from voting on disaffiliation

  • September 23, 2021
  • by Emily

When churches try to vote to leave the United Methodist Church many Bishops will try to postpone the church vote. In this video, Dan Dalton, discusses the top five tactics Bishops use to delay a local Methodist Church from voting on disaffiliation. We hope you […]

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Three strategies used by Bishops to close local Methodist churches

  • September 23, 2021
  • by Emily

The warning signs are there but churches don’t even realize it. In this video, Dan Dalton discusses the three strategies Bishops use to close churches. We hope you found this video helpful. If you have questions or want to explore legal counsel, please contact Daniel Dalton, […]

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