Deseret News' Heroes of 2012

Published: Wednesday, Jan. 2 2013 5:57 p.m. MST

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The United States Supreme Court: For bolstering religious liberty.

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Justice Department challenged the organizational autonomy of religious organizations before the Supreme Court, claiming anti-discrimination law applied to church decisions to appoint and release their own ministers (Hosanna-Tabor Evangelical Lutheran Church and School v. EEOC). Instead of accepting the government's novel reasoning, a unanimous Supreme Court lined up behind the clear constitutional reasoning of Chief Justice John Roberts to reaffirm and strengthen the idea that the First Amendment endows religious organizations with independent rights that go beyond the associational rights of non-religious groups.

"The text of the First Amendment itself … gives special solicitude to the rights of religious organizations," wrote Roberts. "We cannot accept the remarkable view that the Religion Clauses have nothing to say about a religious organization's freedom to select its own ministers."

>> Seated from left to right are: Associate Justice Clarence Thomas, Associate Justice Antonin Scalia, Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Associate Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Standing, from left are: Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor, Associate Justice Stephen Breyer, Associate Justice Samuel Alito Jr., and Associate Justice Elena Kagan.
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Bravo to the Deseret News for highlighting 6 initiatives or role models that will positively impact the world. Now, it is the readers' turn to read this story, ponder its connection to their future and spend less time reading the sports stories. Until readers alter their behavior to match their deepest, most important values, no innovative media reporting will really help.

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