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U.S. Supreme Court Bars Non-communist Oath for Religious Institutions

The United States Supreme Court barred the State of California yesterday from requiring officials of churches and synagogues to take a non-Communist oath as a condition for asking tax-exempt status for their religious institutions.

The decision was adopted by a 7 to 1 vote. While the Court did not strike down the California law denying tax-exempt status to institutions whose officers advocated forcible overthrown of the government, it did require that the state accept the burden of proof against such officers.