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What the Constitution says about religious freedom, Federal court case
concerning legality of simple ordination
What does it say about . . RELIGIOUS FREEDOM!
Congress shall make no law respecting an
of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof;
abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the
peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of
COMMENT: This is the part of the Constitution which gives
to all free expression of religion, including Ordination by Mail.
1. All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to
the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the
State wherein they reside.
No State shall make or
enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of
of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life,
or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within
its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.
COMMENT: This provision basically reinforced that States
interfere with our Constitutionally protected freedoms, including our
expression of religion.
5. The Congress shall have power to enforce, by appropriate
the provisions of this article.
COMMENT: Congress passed
Religious Freedom Restoration Act in 1993, reinforcing our religious freedoms.
Ordination by Mail Ministry
United States of America
In 1974 a ministry which ordained
people in a simple manner by
by other means, sued the United States Government. The suit was over
However, when the Federal Judge ruled in the ministry's favor on taxes
he also ruled on the legality of receiving ordination in a simple
Here is part of the Federal Judge's decision concerning simple
"The Court must then address itself to the defendant's second
that the ordination of ministers, the granting of church charters, and
the issuance of Honorary Doctor of Divinity certificates by plaintiff
substantial activities which do not further any religious purpose.
ordination of ministers and the chartering of churches are accepted
of religious organizations. The defendant impliedly admits that
on Page 5 of its Memorandum in Support of its Requested Instructions.
fact that the plaintiff distributed ministers credentials and Honorary
Doctor of Divinity certificates is of no moment. Such activity may be
to mass conversions at a typical revival or religious crusade. Neither
this Court, nor any branch of this Government, will consider the merits
or fallacies of a religion. Nor will the Court compare the beliefs,
and practices of a newly organized religion with those of an older,
established religion. Nor will the Court praise or condemn a religion,
however excellent or fanatical or preposterous it may seem. Were the
to do so, it would impinge upon the guarantees of the First Amendment."
COMMENT: As a result of this Federal Judge's ruling, ministries
by mail ordained clergy have been flourishing throughout the United
and in many other countries throughout the world.
Note: World Christianship Ministries does not ordain right on our
websites. Applications must be mailed in, Faxed in, Called in or sent
to us as a PDF or JPEG attachment to our E-Mail address. While almost
all applications are approved, occasionally we must disapprove an
application. This sets us apart from the online ordination sites which
ordain anyone who fills out their online form, and has no type of
personal contact with you.
World Christianship Ministries was granted
In order to help you with the legitimacy of your ordination, World
Christianship Ministries was granted two Federal Trademarks, one for
ordaining of ministers and assisting you in starting your new ministry,
and the other for the materials that we produce that provide help and
guidance for you as you begin your independent ministry.
Information in brief from the Federal Trademark web page is printed
below. Our name, World Christianship Ministries has been in continual use for over 37+ years.
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