A Church is a Church is a Church, Minister Decisionwise

So says a UNANIMOUS SCOTUS today.

Supreme Court Decision in Hosanna-Tabor a Major Win for Religious Freedom

Today the U.S. Supreme Court issued a unanimous decision that resoundingly affirms the freedom of religious groups to choose their own ministers.

Hosanna-Tabor Evangelical Lutheran Church and School v. EEOC involved a lawsuit brought by an employee against a church-operated school. The employee alleged that her employment was terminated in violation of a federal anti-discrimination law.

The question in this case was “whether the Establishment and Free Exercise Clauses of the First Amendment bar such an action when the employer is a religious group and the employee is one of the group’s ministers.”

In an opinion authored by Chief Justice Roberts, the Court answered in the affirmative, stating that

[b]oth Religion Clauses bar the government from interfering with the decision of a religious group to fire one of its ministers.

The post I’ve linked to is an excellent read.

4 Responses to “A Church is a Church is a Church, Minister Decisionwise”

  1. Kathy Kinsley says:


  2. Dr Alice says:

    Excellent. I sure wish the Episcopal Church had the balls to do this sort of thing. But they don’t.

  3. Dave E. says:

    I’d say that unanimity makes it something of a bitch slap to the Obama Justice Department. I mean, when even the four hard core liberals on the court tell them to get their grubby statist hands off the First Amendment you know they’ve gone way too far.

  4. missred says:


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