This must be viewed as an open confession and admission by the supreme law of the land - the federal Constitution - that the Church is not to be interfered with, or intruded upon, by the three organs of secular government - the executive, the legislature, or the judiciary.
In other words, the supreme law of the land is saying to the Church - you are a coequal but separate sovereign.
Soon thereafter, several pieces of legislation were promulgated, and some powerful United States Supreme Court decisions were handed down, to maintain the separate and coequal sovereign status of the Church.
It is our duty to learn them, remember them, and to use them everyday of our lives.Our lives could depend on these basic rights especially when we know them and insist on enforcing them.IF YOU NEED FEDERAL INDIAN LAW ASSISTANCE Lots of people come into my professional life seeking legal advice regarding tribal membership, tribal benefits, issues relating to taxation, banking and finance from an American Indian perspective.Usually, I show these people the law(s) as promulgated by the Congress, decisions of various state and federal courts including the U. Supreme Court, and other executive and administrative policy decisions affecting American Indian Tribes whose inherent tribal sovereignty has been a constant nightmare and an inconvenient truth to our politicians from the day the Vikings, Sebastian Cabot, Amerigo Vespucci, and other explorers set foot on our tribal lands.Did you know, for example, that once you have requested a church to solemnize your marriage, no civil court has the right to interfere even in matters relating to divorce, child custody, and property distribution because you have become a member of that church that got you married in the first instance. But remember also the speed at which some "church folk" run into secular courts to obtain a divorce in a no-fault divorce state court!
The Free Exercise Clause of the First Amendment of the Bill of Rights has clearly underscored the fact that the secular government cannot make any law undermining the free exercise of religion.Read up 76 §85 (Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction of Church Tribunals in General), Corpus Juris Secundum.(CJS) "An unconstitutional act is not law; it confers no rights; it imposes no duties; affords no protection; it creates no office; it is in legal contemplation, as inoperative as though it had never been passed" .We thank God for the United States Supreme Court in that it did, quite rarely, as in this case, separate the wheat from the chaff and get down to the truth of the matter in rendering a true verdict for real and measurable justice.Recently, I had a New York attorney call me regarding tax exemptions for tribal corporations.I had earlier showed him the appropriate and applicable law regarding this issue.How many Puahs and Sipporahs are out there waiting to disobey an unjust law? Unjust secular laws are mentioned in Isaiah 10:1-2, Isaiah 31:1-3 further justifying Levites as law judges - Ezekiel ; and the setting up of ecclesiastical courts - Deuteronomy 17:8-13; Ezra -26; Isaiah 9: 6-7; 1 Corinthians 6:1-8.