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Old March 16, 2012, 11:41 AM   #18
Don H
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Originally Posted by Edward429451
A church isn't school and even if they do teach a little, the government has this separation thing from church and state, remember? A church is not the Governments jurisdiction.
Government can most certainly regulate various aspects of churches and church schools. There is nothing in the Constitution that prohibits government from exercising some regulation of some aspects of churches and church schools. Churches and church schools must meet fire codes, zoning restrictions, employment laws, etc. State codes may require church schools to maintain immunization records, report suspected cases of child abuse, submit school buses to state inspection, etc. In point of fact, the U.S. Supreme Court earlier this year opined on whether a person was a minister or not, and whether the Church could fire that person.

To the point, 18 USC 921 contains the following definitions:
(a) As used in this chapter—
(25)The term “school zone” means—
(A)in, or on the grounds of, a public, parochial or private school; or

(B)within a distance of 1,000 feet from the grounds of a public, parochial or private school.

(26)The term “school” means a school which provides elementary or secondary education, as determined under State law.
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