Murdock v. Pennsylvania, illustrates the mingling of commercial activities with religious practice. In this case also the petitioners were ”Jehovah’s Witnesses” who went from door to door distributing literature and soliciting people to buy certain religious books and pamphlets. A municipal ordinance which imposed tax on religious itinerants was invalidated by the Supreme Court of US on the ground that it constituted a denial of freedom of religion. Further it held that ”Jehovah’s Witnesses” were not engaged in any commercial activity. But in lanes V. Opelika‘s, the court took a different view. A State ordinance had required the taking of licence and paying tax for carrying on business of selling books and pamphlets from house to house. It was held that the conditions of the ordinance Were applicable to a religious organisation if it engaged itself in selling printed propaganda pamphlets.

Article 25 of Indian Constitution | Explanation | Notes

Article 25 of Indian Constitution –  Freedom of conscience and free profession, practice and propagation of religion. (1) Subject to public order, morality and health and to the other provisions of this Part, all persons are equally entitled to freedom of conscience and the right freely to profess, practise and propagate religion.. (2) Nothing in …

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