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The recent Boy Scouts of America (BSA) adult leadership standards change — effected by the BSA National Executive Board July 10, 2015, that lifted the BSA’s ban on openly gay Scout leaders — caused great concern and has led us formally to dissolve the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS) and the BSA. As of Dec. 1, 2015, the LCMS no longer has an official relationship with the BSA.

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Masterpiece Cakeshop, Ltd., is a Colorado bakery owned and operatedby Jack Phillips, an expert baker and devout Christian. In 2012 he told a same-sex couple that he would not create a cake for their wedding celebration because of his religious opposition to same-sex marriages—marriages that Colorado did not then recognize—but that hewould sell them other baked goods, e.g., birthday cakes. The couple filed a charge with the Colorado Civil Rights Commission (Commission) pursuant to the Colorado Anti-Discrimination Act (CADA),which prohibits, as relevant here, discrimination based on sexual orientation in a “place of business engaged in any sales to the public andany place offering services . . . to the public.”

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The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) entitles eligible employees of covered employers to take unpaid, job-protected leave for specified family and medical reasons. This fact sheet provides general information about which employers are covered by the FMLA, when employees are eligible and entitled to take FMLA leave, and what rules apply when employees take FMLA leave.

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The Trinity Lutheran Church Child Learning Center is a Missouri pre-school  and  daycare  center. Originally  established  as  a  nonprofit  organization,  the  Center  later  merged with  Trinity  Lutheran  Church and now operates under its auspices on church property. Among the facilities at the Center is a playground, which has a coarse pea gravel surface  beneath  much  of  the  play  equipment. In  2012,  the  Center sought  to  replace  a  large  portion  of  the  pea  gravel  with  a  pour-in place  rubber  surface  by  participating  in  Missouri’s  Scrap  Tire  Program.

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Pastor Ted plops down in his peeling “leather” office chair, opens his Gmail, swigs his Coke Zero, and reads a two-sentence email from a church member: “Hey, can we meet? I’d like to talk you about something.” Depending on the state of Ted’s heart, he will either be encouraged or exhausted—maybe worried fearful of what’s about to happen. I’ve been Pastor Ted. Have you?

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Tax Guide For & Churches Religious Organizations

Benefits and responsibilities under the federal tax law.

Congress has enacted special tax laws applicable to churches, religious organizations, and ministers in recognition of their unique status in American society and of their rights guaranteed by the First Amendment of the Constitution of the United States. Churches and religious organizations are generally exempt from income tax and receive other favorable treatment under the tax law; however, certain income of a church or religious organization may be subject to tax, such as income from an unrelated business. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) offers this quick reference guide of federal tax law and procedures for churches and religious organizations to help them voluntarily comply with tax rules. The contents of this publication reflect the IRS interpretation of tax laws enacted by Congress, Treasury regulations, and court decisions. The information given is not comprehensive, however, and does not cover every situation. Thus, it is not intended to replace the law or be the sole source of information.

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 “State has a legitimate interest in seeing to it that abortion ... is performed under circumstances that insure maximum safety for the patient.”  Roe v. Wade 410 U.S. 113,150.   

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