Supreme Court Hands Christians a Victory Over Obama 01/16/2012


by Moody Adams
The United States Supreme Court 'unanimously' banned the Administration from intervening in employment disputes between churches and ministers on Jan. 11, 2012.

Chief Justice John Roberts wrote: "The Court agrees that there is such a ministerial exception. Requiring a church to accept or retain an unwanted minister, or punishing a church for failing to do so, intrudes upon more than a mere employment decision. Such action interferes with the internal governance of the church, depriving the church of control over the selection of those who will personify its beliefs. By imposing an unwanted minister, the state infringes the Free Exercise Clause, which protects a religious group's right to shape its own faith and mission through its appointments. According the state the power to determine which individuals will minister to the faithful also violates the Establishment Clause, which prohibits government involvement in such ecclesiastical decisions."

"This is a significant ruling for churches," states Richard Hammar, legal counsel for the Assemblies of God, "since, in the words of Chief Justice Roberts, it 'ensures that the authority to select and control who will minister to the faithful is the church's alone.'" The Administration has been attempting in intervene in Church business.

To read Chief Justice Roberts' entire ruling on the case, click here and then click on the PDF document, "10-553 Hosanna-Tabor Evangelical Lutheran Church and School v. EEOC (01/11/2012)."


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