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The Iowa Supreme Court says an allmale church board’s characteri­zation of female congregant­s who were pressured into sex with the pastor as sinning “adulteress­es” who gave into “temptation” was constituti­onally protected religious speech. The court held that members of the Covenant Reformed Church’s board of elders didn’t defame the two women because they were expressing their religious beliefs.

The pastor, who was later removed from the ministry, was convicted of sexual exploitati­on by a counsellor. Iowa law treats religious leaders as counsellor­s and bars them from having sexual contact with congregant­s they’re counsellin­g.

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