Teresa Neumann : Jan 12, 2012 : Staff – Fox News

“The authority to select and control who will minister to the faithful is the Church’s alone. The Church must be free to choose those who will guide it on its way.” -Chief Justice John Roberts

(Washington, DC)—In a clear victory for religious freedom in America, Fox News reports that the Supreme Court has ruled unanimously in favor of a church who was being sued for firing an employee on religious grounds.

Supreme CourtThe opinion reportedly assures religious employers that the government will keep out of hiring and firing decisions as long as they are based on religious grounds.

The ruling, written by Chief Justice John Roberts reads, in part, “By requiring the Church to accept a minister it did not want, such an order would have plainly violated the Church’s freedom under the Religion clauses to select its own ministers.

“The interest of society in the enforcement of employment discrimination statutes is undoubtedly important. But so too is the interest of religious groups in choosing who will preach their beliefs, teach their faith and carry out their mission… We cannot accept the remarkable view that the Religion Clauses (of the First Amendment) have nothing to say about a religious organization’s freedom to select its own ministers.”

Roberts was quoted as saying when a person who has ministerial duties sues her church for bias, courts must throw out the case. The “First Amendment has struck the balance for us,” he said. “The Church must be free to choose those who will guide it on its way.”

The exception, “ensures that the authority to select and control who will minister to the faithful is the Church’s alone.”

While various anti-Christian groups denounced the ruling, others praised it.

Said University of Notre Dame Law Professor Rick Garnett: “Today’s decision vindicates clearly and strongly a crucial constitutional principle: The First Amendment protects religious liberty by forbidding governments from second-guessing religious communities’ decisions about who should be their teachers, leaders and ministers.”


1 Response to “Supreme Court Ruling a Victory for Religious Freedom”

  1. 1 Philip

    The environment in which this enlightened ruling could be handed down stems from the western democratic heritage — Westminster, Protestant roots. It could be handed down because it is understood that by ‘church’ is meant some group or organization not dedicated to the suppression of free speech and hopefully, dedicated to the advancement of Humanity. The definition of free speech and humanitarian advancement stems ultimately from Christ, the ultimate human, God relating, as man, to man. The Australian Constitution speaks the same.
    Our Westminster system enshrined in our Constitution: GOD; THE CROWN (=Governor General); MINISTERS OF THE CROWN. The Crown and the Ministers answer to God and ideally work in unison with the Divine purpose.
    Westminster is therefore ideally God in administrative action but concurrently, it is MAN in administrative action. And Man answers to Man, at the ballot box.

    Total God and total Man. Our structure of government was originally, and yet remains, in some measure, a reflection of Jesus Christ. In Christ is freedom.

    Import enough people into this country who are dedicated to the denial and forceful destruction of the Westminster Ideal — or merely breed enough anarchists at home–? If, for sake of argument, the learned Justices were ayatollahs making a ruling in Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, or Iran, or dictators in Nazi Germany, or Soviet Russia?

    Pr. Danny questions the obvious when he questions whether the West can survive multiculturalism?

    God is on the side of freedom and freedom can win. Our legal system, properly functioning, should be, God in action.

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