LEGAL SERVICES

We provide legal services to those suffering religious discrimination, regardless of your religious belief or affiliation. We especially seek those willing to advance the law by making a long term commitment to engaging in trials and appeals. This is known as “impact litigation” because it helps to change, and hopefully strengthen the law.

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Our expertise is where religion and law intersect. We can help with a wide variety of conflicts. Select a specific issue from the list below to view more details and any related sample letters.

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RELIGIOUS DISCRIMINATION AND HARASSMENT IN THE WORKPLACE

Each year, the Church State Council assists literally hundreds of workers who face discrimination in the workplace due to their religious beliefs and practices. Many of these claims are by Seventh-day Adventists who seek to observe the seventh-day Sabbath, from sundown Friday to sundown Saturday, and to refrain from secular employment during those hours.

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RELIGIOUS OBJECTIONS TO LABOR UNION MEMBERSHIP

Seventh-day Adventists were among the earliest religious objectors to labor union membership. These objections are founded on various principles, including, on principles of liberty of conscience.

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DISCRIMINATION AND ACCOMMODATION ISSUES IN EDUCATION

The Church State Council assists those who need accommodation in their course schedules or exam schedules for religious observances, such as Sabbath. No student should be denied the opportunity to complete a course of instruction because of their religion.

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IMMIGRATION AND NATURALIZATION

The Seventh-day Adventist Church teaches its members not to bear arms in military service. When immigrants seek to obtain United States Citizenship, they are required to swear an oath, including a statement that they are willing to bear arms and serve in the defense of their new nation.

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ISSUES INVOLVING THE SEPARATION OF CHURCH AND STATE

There is much confusion today about the separation of church and state, what it means, how it is applied, and what our founding fathers intended. The courts are awash in lawsuits over the proper boundaries of the state in matters of religion.

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DEFENDING THE FREE EXERCISE OF RELIGION

The Church State Council is the regional leader in mobilizing the interfaith community to protect and defend the constitutional right to the free exercise of religion in the legislature and in the courts.

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AUTONOMY OF RELIGIOUS INSTITUTIONS

Religious freedom is not only an individual right, but a right that pertains to religious communities. These associational rights often enjoy legislative or judicially created exemptions that reflect respect for the autonomy of religious bodies, and the constitutional principle of the separation of church and state.

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LAND USE CONFLICTS INVOLVING RELIGION

Land use battles between churches and local planning authorities are on the rise. The Church State Council has counseled institutions such as churches, colleges, and religious radio stations on the application of Federal law to the land use process.

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FAMILY LAW CONFLICTS WHERE RELIGION IS CENTRAL

The Church State Council has increasingly been consulted in child custody matters where one parent is allegedly hostile to the religious teaching and practices of the other parent.

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PRISONER ACCESS TO RELIGIOUS SERVICES AND DIETARY NEEDS

Congress conducted hearings in the late 90s after the Supreme Court struck down portions of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act as unconstitutional.

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