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26 May 320
Emperor Constantine the Great Declares Christian Priests Exempt From Taxes

Emperor Constantine the Great Declares Christian Priests Exempt From Taxes

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1 June 326
Constantine Decrees Exemption of Enforced Public Service May not be Abused by the Wealthy

Constantine Decrees Exemption of Enforced Public Service May not be Abused by the Wealthy

1 September 326
Constantine the Great Exempts Catholic Clergy From Compulsory Service

Constantine the Great Exempts Catholic Clergy From Compulsory Service

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27 August 343
Emperor Constantius II Decrees Clergy and Servants Exempt From All Taxes

Emperor Constantius II Decrees Clergy and Servants Exempt From All Taxes

11 April 349
Emperor Constantine II Exempts Clergy From Compulsory Public Service

Emperor Constantine II Exempts Clergy From Compulsory Public Service

28 December 356
Clergy Plus Their Wives and Children Given Permanent Tax Exemption by Constantius II and Julian

Clergy Plus Their Wives and Children Given Permanent Tax Exemption by Constantius II and Julian

18 January 360

Emperor Constantius II Decrees that Only Catholic Churches Can Be Exempt from Taxes

30 June 360
Emperor Constantius II Decrees Christian Clergy With Small Jobs Can Retain Tax Exemptions

Emperor Constantius II Decrees Christian Clergy With Small Jobs Can Retain Tax Exemptions

29 August 361
Emperor Constantius II: Chaste Clerics Keep Their Property and Tax Dodgers Don't

Emperor Constantius II: Chaste Clerics Keep Their Property and Tax Dodgers Don't

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13 March 362
Roman Emperor Julian the Apostate Ends Public Service Exemptions for Christians

Roman Emperor Julian the Apostate Ends Public Service Exemptions for Christians

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29 August 362
Emperor Constantius II: Becoming a Priest to Avoid Financial Duties Means Property Forfeiture

Emperor Constantius II: Becoming a Priest to Avoid Financial Duties Means Property Forfeiture

17 April 364
Roman Law Requires All Merchants to Pay Taxes, Even Priests

Roman Law Requires All Merchants to Pay Taxes, Even Priests

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10 September 364
Wealthy Roman Citizens Denied Cleric Positions in the Churches

Wealthy Roman Citizens Denied Cleric Positions in the Churches

12 September 364
Emperors Require Curial Class Members Becoming Clergy Turn Over Their Property

Emperors Require Curial Class Members Becoming Clergy Turn Over Their Property

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21 April 368
Roman Law: Christians Don't Have to go to Court on Sundays

Roman Law: Christians Don't Have to go to Court on Sundays

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30 March 370
Roman Law Exempts Women Dedicated to Christian Service from Taxes

Roman Law Exempts Women Dedicated to Christian Service from Taxes

17 May 371
Roman Law: Serving Christian Churches Exempts You From Serving in Courts

Roman Law: Serving Christian Churches Exempts You From Serving in Courts

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5 March 377
Roman Law Exempts Christian Church Leaders from Compulsory Public Service

Roman Law Exempts Christian Church Leaders from Compulsory Public Service

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5 July 379
Roman Emperors Give Tax Exemption to Commercial Profits for Bishops

Roman Emperors Give Tax Exemption to Commercial Profits for Bishops

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31 March 381
Roman Law Exempts Christian Church Workers From Taxes

Roman Law Exempts Christian Church Workers From Taxes

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18 April 383
Roman Law Ends Religious Exemptions for Jewish Clergy

Roman Law Ends Religious Exemptions for Jewish Clergy

9 April 385
Roman Law States Christian Clergy Aren't Exempt From Public Service

Roman Law States Christian Clergy Aren't Exempt From Public Service

1 July 397
Roman Emperors Grant Jewish Clergy Same Privileges as Christian Clergy

Roman Emperors Grant Jewish Clergy Same Privileges as Christian Clergy

14 July 401
Roman Emperors Decree Clergy Exempt From Taxes if They Buy & Sell Food

Roman Emperors Decree Clergy Exempt From Taxes if They Buy & Sell Food

25 July 404
Roman Emperors Repeal Law That Prohibits Jewish Elders From Collecting Taxes

Roman Emperors Repeal Law That Prohibits Jewish Elders From Collecting Taxes

24 June 411
Emperors Decree no Compulsory Service or Tax Required of Christian Church Properties

Emperors Decree no Compulsory Service or Tax Required of Christian Church Properties

29 September 416
Roman Emperors: Christian Clergy Denied Contact With Municipal Councils

Roman Emperors: Christian Clergy Denied Contact With Municipal Councils

15 March 423
Roman Law Exempts Christian Clergy From Maintaining or Building Public Roads

Roman Law Exempts Christian Clergy From Maintaining or Building Public Roads

29 March 1940

Cantwell v. Connecticut: Statute Requiring License to Solicit for Religious Purposes Struck Down

7 March 1941
Cox v. New Hampshire: Supreme Court Unanimously Upholds Jehovah Witnesses' Convictions

Cox v. New Hampshire: Supreme Court Unanimously Upholds Jehovah Witnesses' Convictions

31 March 1941

Cox v. New Hampshire: Supreme Court Upholds Jehovah Witness Convictions

10 March 1943
Jones v. Opelika II: Supreme Court Strikes Down Fee to Distribute Literature

Jones v. Opelika II: Supreme Court Strikes Down Fee to Distribute Literature

10 March 1943
Murdock v. Pennsylvania: Supreme Court Strikes Down Ordinance Against Jehovah Witnesses

Murdock v. Pennsylvania: Supreme Court Strikes Down Ordinance Against Jehovah Witnesses

10 March 1943
Douglas v. City of Jeannette: Court Won't Stop Town's Prosecution of Jehovah's Witnesses

Douglas v. City of Jeannette: Court Won't Stop Town's Prosecution of Jehovah's Witnesses

27 March 1944

Follett v. Town of McCornick: Distributing Religious Materials Doesn't Require a License

15 December 1951

Yale Divinity School Conference Looks at Religion's Place in Tax-Supported Public Schools

4 April 1958
First Unitarian Church v. L.A. County: Government Can't Condition Tax Exemptions on Loyalty Oath

First Unitarian Church v. L.A. County: Government Can't Condition Tax Exemptions on Loyalty Oath

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30 June 1958
First Unitarian Church v. L.A.: Government Can't Use Religious Tax Exemption to Curb Free Speech

First Unitarian Church v. L.A.: Government Can't Use Religious Tax Exemption to Curb Free Speech

31 July 1959
Dr. Eugene Blake of Presbyterian Church Warns Religious Tax Exemptions Will Spawn Resentment

Dr. Eugene Blake of Presbyterian Church Warns Religious Tax Exemptions Will Spawn Resentment

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30 September 1968
Washington Trial Commissioner: Church of Scientology Must Lose Tax Exempt Status

Washington Trial Commissioner: Church of Scientology Must Lose Tax Exempt Status

23 September 1969
Madalyn Murray-O'Hair Files Brief Supporting Elimination of Church Tax Exemptions

Madalyn Murray-O'Hair Files Brief Supporting Elimination of Church Tax Exemptions

19 November 1969
Walz v. N.Y.C. Tax Commision: Supreme Court Upholds Tax Exemptions for Churches

Walz v. N.Y.C. Tax Commision: Supreme Court Upholds Tax Exemptions for Churches

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4 May 1970
Walz v. Tax Commission: Court Upholds Church Property Tax Exemptions

Walz v. Tax Commission: Court Upholds Church Property Tax Exemptions

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30 July 1971
Appeals Court Rules Against FDA's Seizure of E-Meters From Scientology Church

Appeals Court Rules Against FDA's Seizure of E-Meters From Scientology Church

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6 December 1971
Diffenderfer v. Central Baptist Church: Florida Law on Tax Exempt Commercial Properties Challenged

Diffenderfer v. Central Baptist Church: Florida Law on Tax Exempt Commercial Properties Challenged

20 December 1971
Coit v. Green: Black Families Sue Against Tax-Exempt Status of Whites-Only Private Schools

Coit v. Green: Black Families Sue Against Tax-Exempt Status of Whites-Only Private Schools

10 January 1972
Diffenderfer v. Central Baptist Church Decision on Commercial Tax Exemptions

Diffenderfer v. Central Baptist Church Decision on Commercial Tax Exemptions

24 January 1972
U.S. v. Christian Echoes National Ministry: Court Decision on Tax Exempt Status

U.S. v. Christian Echoes National Ministry: Court Decision on Tax Exempt Status

16 April 1973
Committee Public Ed. v. Nyquist: Court Strikes Down Tax Deductions for Parochial Schools

Committee Public Ed. v. Nyquist: Court Strikes Down Tax Deductions for Parochial Schools

25 June 1973
Committee for Public Education v. Nyquist: Law Helping Parochial Schools is Unconstitutional

Committee for Public Education v. Nyquist: Law Helping Parochial Schools is Unconstitutional

 
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