Legal

“Congress shall make no law respecting the establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof….” – 1st Amendment of U.S. Constitution

As a legally constituted Church in Connecticut, Castle Church, Canaan Inc (dba: Christ Castle Church) is a non-profit organization and all donations are tax deductible.  Christ Castle Church was incorporated in the state of Connecticut on May 13th, 2019.

Churches have broad constitutional protections designed to ensure the free exercise of religion and to prevent intrusion by the state into matters of doctrine and church autonomy.  Churches enjoy substantial freedom under the U.S. Constitution to govern themselves as they see fit without fear of legal consequences. Courts “do not exercise jurisdiction over the internal affairs of religious organizations.”

The Supreme Court has recognized “a spirit of freedom for religious organizations, an independence from secular control or manipulation, in short, power to decide for themselves, free from state interference, matters of church government as well as those of faith and doctrine,”  They have recognized that this freedom is rooted in the Free Exercise Clause of the U.S. Constitution.

The IRS recognizes that there is a separation between church and state in the Constitution and that government cannot legally tax, regulate, nor define what a church is.