Bourne v. Center on Children Inc., No. 2698 (Md. App. Dec. 11, 2003), Eyler, J.
A former pastor’s breach of contract and defamation lawsuit against a church-affiliated
non-profit corporation and his supervisors was10 MWELA MONTHLY January 2004 barred by the First Amendment. The Court found that the non-profit and the individuals were entitled to the same protections as the church. Also, the court found that the matter was not “purely secular” and deciding the matter would require the court to consider the pastor’s adherence to religious tenets and spiritual successfulness as determined by the church.