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European Court Rules in Favor of Church Autonomy

  • December 7, 2015
  • by Admin

On December 1, the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) issued an important decision that reaffirms the right of churches and other religious institutions to operate without undue government interference across Europe. The case, Nagy v. Hungary, began when internal church disciplinary proceedings were brought […]

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Property Rights, Civil Courts and Admission to Religious Schools

  • November 28, 2015
  • by Daniel P. Dalton

In a recent decision, the Michigan Court of Appeals affirmed that Civil Courts will not interfere with a decision of a religious institution to admit students to its program based on the ecclesiastical abstention doctrine – the same doctrine applied to Church property disputes. In […]

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Religious Construction Likely on the Rise, Litigation to Follow?

  • November 19, 2015
  • by Daniel P. Dalton

According to a recent article from the Wall Street Journal, a 13-year decline in American religious building construction may soon end. The article states that construction of religious buildings in the U.S. (which includes churches, temples, mosques, and other buildings) peaked in 2002 and has […]

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Local governments continue mistreating churches in land use and zoning matters

  • November 16, 2015
  • by Daniel P. Dalton

AMT Owners Kenny & Beverly Sexton Join in Partnership with Summit Church Pastors Hal and Lisa Boehm. (Photo courtesy American Mountatin Theater) Local governments are mistreating churches across the country. The latest example of this wave of discrimination is making headlines in Elkins, West Virginia, […]

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Hope Rising Church succeeds on its Equal Terms claim under RLUIPA

  • November 9, 2015
  • by Admin

On October 28, Magistrate Judge Robert C. Mitchell from the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania ruled in favor of our client, Hope Rising Community Church, and recommended granting the Church’s Motion for Preliminary Injunction. The Church is located in Penn Hills, […]

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Hope Rising Church succeeds on its Equal Terms claim under RLUIPA

  • November 9, 2015
  • by Admin

On October 28, Magistrate Judge Robert C. Mitchell from the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania ruled in favor of our client, Hope Rising Community Church, and recommended granting the Church’s Motion for Preliminary Injunction. The Church is located in Penn Hills, […]

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Religious freedom alive and well thanks to little known law

  • October 26, 2015
  • by Daniel P. Dalton

  Fifteen years after being signed into law, RLUIPA protects churches, temples, mosques and synagogues from the tax-based prejudices of revenue-hungry cities and towns. Can you imagine an American town where people have no place to worship? If not for RLUIPA, a little known law […]

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Religious freedom alive and well thanks to little known law  

  • October 26, 2015
  • by Daniel P. Dalton

  Fifteen years after being signed into law, RLUIPA protects churches, temples, mosques and synagogues from the tax-based prejudices of revenue-hungry cities and towns. Can you imagine an American town where people have no place to worship? If not for RLUIPA, a little known law […]

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How Will a Court Decide My Church Dispute?

  • October 20, 2015
  • by Lawrence Opalewski

While most churches will go to great lengths to avoid the secular court system, sometimes inter or intra-church disputes do end up in court. But does that mean that the judge will make a decision which directs a church to take or refrain from taking […]

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Court Allows Pennsylvania Mosque RLUIPA Suit to Move Forward

  • September 28, 2015
  • by Admin

Last week, the Eastern District of Pennsylvania largely ruled in favor of a local Islamic group that sued a local municipality for refusing to allow it to build a mosque in Bensalem Masjid Inc. v. Bensalem Township, No. 14-6955 (E.D. Pa. Sept. 22, 2015). The […]

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