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Establishment Clause Extended to Non-Ordained Clergy Member

, New York Law Journal


Dennis J. Dozis writes: As a result of the prohibition against secular entanglement in religious beliefs, the courts of this state have undertaken the arduous task of defining the Establishment Clause's scope in sexual affair and abuse cases and identifying which individuals are protected thereunder. In so doing, the courts have published tense decisions and engendered precedent contracting and expanding the constitutional proscription.

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