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Campaign Activity by Churches: Legal Analysis of Houses of Worship Free Speech Restoration Act, H.R. 235 (108th Congress)

Campaign Activity by Churches: Legal Analysis of Houses of Worship Free Speech Restoration Act, H.R. 235 (108th Congress)

Date: June 16, 2003
Creator: Morris, Marie B & Whitaker, L. Paige
Description: Churches and other Internal Revenue Code (IRC) Section 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organizations can lose their tax-exempt status if they participate in a political campaign. The Houses of Worship Free Speech Restoration Act, H.R. 235 (108th Congress) would permit churches to engage in limited types of political campaign activity, in unlimited amounts, without jeopardizing their tax-exempt status. This report provides an overview of current tax and campaign finance law relevant to this legislation, a discussion of how H.R. 235 (108th Congress) would amend current law, and a comparison of H.R. 235 (108th Congress) to H.R. 2357 (107th Congress).
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Russia's Religion Law: Assessments and Implications

Russia's Religion Law: Assessments and Implications

Date: May 29, 1998
Creator: Nichol, Jim
Description: None
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Palestinian Education and the Debate Over Textbooks

Palestinian Education and the Debate Over Textbooks

Date: March 7, 2006
Creator: Pina, Aaron D
Description: None
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Chaplain of the House: Selection and Related Procedures

Chaplain of the House: Selection and Related Procedures

Date: August 22, 2003
Creator: Rundquist, Paul S & Beth, Richard S
Description: House procedures to elect an officer during a Congress differ from those followed at the start of a Congress. A resolution to elect a replacement officer to fill a vacancy during a Congress is privileged and debatable under the hour rule. By statute, the Speaker has authority to appoint a temporary replacement officer, and in some cases, temporary appointments have continued in effect for the remainder of a Congress. This report describes the consultative process that ultimately led to Father Coughlin’s temporary appointment, and related parliamentary issues concerning the selection of House officers.
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Charitable Choice: Legal and Constitutional Issues

Charitable Choice: Legal and Constitutional Issues

Date: January 27, 2006
Creator: Welborn, Angie A
Description: This report provides analysis of a number of factual, civil rights, and constitutional questions that have been raised regarding charitable choice in general. The analysis is generally focused on those provisions enacted as part of the 1996 welfare reform law. More recent charitable choice rules may give rise to the same or similar concerns. Primarily, this report focuses on civil rights concerns that have arisen in the context of charitable choice and First Amendment issues, as well as recent legal developments related to charitable choice.
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The Constitutionality of Including the Phrase "Under God" in the Pledge of Allegiance

The Constitutionality of Including the Phrase "Under God" in the Pledge of Allegiance

Date: June 18, 2004
Creator: Welborn, Angie A
Description: On October 14, 2003, the Supreme Court granted certiorari in the appeal regarding the California statute, and on June 14, 2004, the Court reversed the Ninth Circuit’s decision finding that Newdow lacked standing to challenge the school district’s policy in federal court. This report summarizes the facts of the case, the opinions that have been rendered, congressional action, and the appeal to the Supreme Court. It will be updated as circumstances warrant.
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The Law of Church and State: Opinions of Judge Samuel Alito

The Law of Church and State: Opinions of Judge Samuel Alito

Date: December 12, 2005
Creator: Welborn, Angie A
Description: None
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The Law of Church and State: Selected Opinions of Justice O'Connor

The Law of Church and State: Selected Opinions of Justice O'Connor

Date: July 20, 2005
Creator: Welborn, Angie A
Description: None
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The School Prayer Controversy: Pro-Con Arguments

The School Prayer Controversy: Pro-Con Arguments

Date: August 26, 1985
Creator: Whittier, Charles H
Description: None
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The School Prayer Controversy: Pro-Con Arguments

The School Prayer Controversy: Pro-Con Arguments

Date: August 26, 1985
Creator: Whittier, Charles H
Description: None
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