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Religious schools keep the right to hire for beliefs

by Seth Johnson
Posted 7/08/20, 01:30 pm

The U.S. Supreme Court reaffirmed on Wednesday that the government shouldn’t second guess who fills religiously significant roles in faith-based organizations. The justices ruled 7-2 in favor of two Catholic schools that fired teachers. Justices Sonia Sotomayor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg dissented.

What was the reasoning? Writing for the majority, Justice Samuel Alito said both teachers fell under the “ministerial exception,” which protects religious groups from lawsuits for firing people in religious roles. He added that the government should stay out of “matters of church government, as well as those of faith and doctrine.” That includes defining who qualifies as a minister: “What matters, at bottom, is what an employee does.”

Dig deeper: Read Steve West’s report on how this case reached the Supreme Court.

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Seth is a graduate of the World Journalism Institute student course.

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  • Cyborg3's picture
    Posted: Wed, 07/08/2020 10:39 pm

    Do you think for a moment that the Democrats if they win the presidency and congress- both houses- that they would let this stand? Yes, it is a big deal that Christians go out and vote for Republicans this fall! 

  • OldMike
    Posted: Thu, 07/09/2020 03:26 am

    Yes, it is extremely alarming that some Christians would ditch progress in religious freedom, restrictions on abortion, etc, in order to snub President Trump because they believe he is crude and uncouth. 

    Posted: Thu, 07/09/2020 08:32 pm

    I'd like to believe that Trump has grown while in office. I have heard some good things from non-Main Stream media.

    He still reacts too quickly to jerks out there, but I understand that completely. It is soooo annoying how people can baldface lie about all things Trump. 

    I guess his twitter account is all he has to fight back at the back stabbers and people who are making money off of him. The media won't print the truth. 

    It made me mad when the media said that Trump says Covid will slowly go away. THEY conveniently forgot to tell the whole TRUTH. If you listen for yourself, at the end he says, "I HOPE." That TOTALLY CHANGES the meaning of Trump's statement from.what the media claimed he said.

    If it were anyone else, they would have turned that statement around and focused on the I HOPE. 

    Posted: Thu, 07/09/2020 08:23 pm

    Unlike Clinton and Biden who are behind doors crude and uncouth.