Brief of Amici Curiae Massachusetts Citizens for Life, Inc., Massachusetts Family Institute, Inc., National Lawyers Association, Inc. and Pro-Life Legal Defense Fund, Inc. In Support of Non-Government Parties

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Our argument is from history: In the American legal tradition the English colonies that would become the United States of America used corporate charters, companies, compacts and contractual agreements for religious purposes and to guarantee the free exercise of religion. These legal arrangements were civil and lay or secular in character. Although historical analogy is necessarily imprecise, the best of our legal heritage favors constitutional or at least statutory recognition of religious freedom exercised by non-ecclesiastical corporations and associative entities.