Supreme Court rejects Obama administration arguments in 'most important' religious freedom case
One area the court did not fully decide was when an employee qualifies as a minister under the ministerial exception. The court also didn't look at breach of contract and tortuous conduct against employees/ministers by a religious employer. This leaves room for future decisions when and if the cases arise. "If I'm a religious school teacher and if I say the school violated my employment contract, will the law suit now get thrown out?" Lipper wonders. "That's a question the Supreme Court explicitly left open. You may see more cases seeing if the ministerial exception applies to other cases."
"(T)he First Amendment has struck the balance for us," Roberts concluded in the court's decision. "The church must be free to choose those who will guide it on its way."
"When it's a 9-0 decision," Lipper said, "you can be pretty confident the rule is here to stay."
Robert P. George, Michael W. McConnell and Hannah Clayson Smith are members of the Deseret News Editorial Advisory Board
- LDS missionaries developing strategies to...
- Expelling Santa from school? Holiday...
- 50 things you might not know about 15 of your...
- 'Sound of Music' alive for 18.5 million viewers
- TV Review: Broadway wins in live 'Sound of...
- Utahns react to death of Nelson Mandela
- Obama administration will allow green energy...
- Are extended warranties on gadgets worth the...
- Obama: Income inequality a defining... 105
- Notre Dame sues over health care law's... 31
- Fast-food strikes return amid push for... 31
- Colorado court hears discrimination... 29
- Fast food outlets planning strike for... 25
- Research: Native American genes have... 23
- Utahns react to death of Nelson Mandela 23
- Obama declares health care law is... 21