Supreme Court Unanimously Affirms Unique Constitutional Protection of People of Faith

There is great cause for rejoicing today in our nation because of a tremendous decision by the U.S. Supreme Court upholding its affirmation of both the Establishment and the Free Exercise Clauses of the First Amendment.

The court’s opinion in Hosanna-Tabor Evangelical Lutheran Church and School v. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission emphasizes what all 12 Federal Appeals Courts have said at various times previously about “ministerial exception,” and now underscores it with an exclamation point with a unanimous 9-0 Supreme Court decision, a rarity these days on a deeply philosophically split court.

The case in question centered on a former teacher who claimed her dismissal from a church school, which is affiliated with the Missouri Synod Lutherans, was in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act.



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