• Two Big Wins for Religious Schools and Groups: Supreme Court Stands for Liberty

    Surge Summary: Religious Groups and Religious schools can be pleased with two Supreme Court rulings. In both cases, the Constitutions religious liberty provision was upheld by the third branch of the U.S. government.

    by Gary Bauer

    The Supreme Court [Wednesday] issued two important victories for religious liberty.

    In the first case, the justices ruled that religious schools were generally exempt from employment discrimination lawsuits, ensuring they can continue to employ teachers based on the values of that faith.  Writing for the court’s 7-to-2 majority, Justice Samuel Alito declared:

    “The religious education and formation of students is the very reason for the existence of most private religious schools, and therefore the selection and supervision of the teachers upon whom the schools rely to do this work lie at the core of their mission. . .

    “[The ruling] does protect their autonomy with respect to internal management decisions that are essential to the institution’s central mission. And a component of this autonomy is the selection of the individuals who play certain key roles.”

    [Wednesday]’s decision in an important firewall for religious liberty given the court’s recent reinterpretation of sex and gender under the 1964 Civil Rights Act.  Just how strong that firewall is remains to be seen, as it will undoubtedly be tested many times in the years ahead.

    In the second case, the Supreme Court upheld the Trump Administration’s authority to greatly expand the religious exemption to Obamacare’s contraception mandate.

    In spite of previous rulings that exempted religious organizations and some private businesses, left-wing states continued to press the issue.  The Little Sisters of the Poor were once again forced to defend their religious convictions against progressive bureaucrats determined to impose their values on Catholic nuns and other faith-based groups.

    I would like to think that [Wednesday]’s 7-to-2 decision, authored by my good friend Justice Clarence Thomas, would end the left’s hostility to faith.  But I know it won’t.

    The culture war is very real, and I was pleased to see President Trump urging more Republican politicians to get serious about fighting back in defense of our values.  That’s exactly what I have been saying for years!

    Reacting to [Wednesday]’s decisions, Vice President Mike Pence tweeted, “All Americans of faith can be assured that under President Trump, the Obama-Biden assault on religious liberty is over!”

    By the way, Chief Justice John Roberts reportedly fell last month and was hospitalized with a head injury.  Unfortunately for Roberts, he has a history of similar episodes.  The news only underscores the tenuous balance on the high court [Wednesday], as well as the importance of the November election.

    While Roberts has disappointed conservatives on multiple occasions in recent years, he is still preferable over any potential Biden appointee.

    The views here are those of the author and not necessarily Daily Surge.

    Originally posted here.

    Image: By Joe Ravi, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=16959908

    Gary Lee Bauer is an American politician and activist, who served in the Reagan administration. He later became president of the Family Research Council and a senior vice president of Focus on the Family. In 2000, he participated in the Republican presidential contest.

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