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The U.S. Supreme Court made the Right Decision When It Upheld the Ministerial Exception

The U.S. Supreme Court made the Right Decision When It Upheld the Ministerial Exception

In ruling the way it did, the Supreme Court protected the right of a religious organization to select its clergy without government interference and avoided placing church doctrine under government interpretation. Civil magistrates will not be in a position to where they are forced to determine which religious view, that of the clergy member or the church, is correct.


Ruling on Ministers: What the Supreme Court said & didn't say | Oregon Faith Report

Excerpt:   The U.S. Supreme Court in Hosanna-Tabor Evangelical Lutheran Church and School v. EEOC, held that the "ministerial exception" bars a school teacher from bringing employment discrimination claims against her religious employer. The Court's ruling clearly grants religious institutions the freedom to employ (and terminate) employees who act as ministers of their faith. Yet the Court's decision does not clearly […]


Film Review: "One Nation Under God" (2011): Misinterpreted facts and frightening conclusions

Film Review: "One Nation Under God" (2011): Misinterpreted facts and frightening conclusions

By Jason Hines, Esq. – Yesterday was a premiere event for the Religious Right movement. In churches, homes, and other venues around the country, conservative Christians watched the premiere of "One Nation Under God," a DVD created by the group United in Purpose, headed by Bill Dallas. (You can find out more general information about the DVD at the One […]


Religious leaders line up in support of Supreme Court case – The Courier-Journal

  The U.S. Supreme Court will soon hear a case involving whether churches can "discriminate" when making employment decisions about employees who are not clergy. EXCERPT: [Many religious groups] support the right of religious groups to hire and fire teachers who could be construed as "ministers" on grounds that would be otherwise discriminatory, whether due to race, gender and disability […]


Religious Liberty on North Dakota Ballot (Devils Lake Journal)

EXCERPT: A North Dakota constitutional amendment about religious freedom will be on the state ballot next year. Secretary of State Al Jaeger says Wednesday that the initiative's supporters got enough signatures to put the issue to a vote. It will be Measure 3 on the June primary election ballot. The proposed amendment says lawmakers may restrict religious behavior only if […]


OPINION: The Good Old Days? Not Quite

By Brent Buttler – In these days in which people's rights seem up for grabs there is a tendency to wish we could go back to the good old days when people had more freedom to live as they chose to live. However, upon further research I have discovered that people's freedoms have been eroding away for quite some time. […]


Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty – Supreme Court to Hear Religious Hiring Case

This case involving the ministerial exemotion from employment discrimination statutes could have huge implications for churches and denominations.


Advanced Citizenship: The Cost of Free Speech in America

By Jason Hines – One of my favorite movies is "The American President," (1995) starring Michael Douglas and Annette Bening. It is the story of a widowed president who falls in love with a liberal lobbyist. He struggles to navigate his relationship with her while also doing his job as the President. It's a good movie, you should see it […]


Ten Commandments' return to Va. school district depends on legal battle's outcome


Analysis: Obama Administration Declines to Defend Part of the Defense of Marriage Act

Today Attorney General Eric Holder and the Obama Administration announced that the Justice Department will no longer attempt to defend Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) (which defines "marriage" as between one man and one woman and "spouse" as a member of the opposite sex) from challenges in states that recognize gay marriage.