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First Amendment bars consideration of church-related defamation claims (access required)

  The First Amendment prohibits courts from hearing defamation claims when they involve an internal religious dispute regarding ecclesiastical matters, a divided North Carolina Court of Appeals has ruled in a case of first impression, affirming a ruling in favor of a church’s pastor and music director. Kim and Barry Lippard were members of Diamond Hill Baptist ...

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