Freedom, Schmeedom – Religious Liberty on Trial

Can the government really tell a church whom to hire as a minister? That frightening question is very relevant today.

Please note: I do not hold fast to any one political party but encourage everyone to carefully consider each issue and each individual candidate. What is motivating me to share today is a concern over our religious freedom as a nation.
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“That is extraordinary,” proclaimed Justice Scalia.

“I, too, find that amazing,” Justice Kagan chimed in.

As reported by the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal, The conservative Scalia and the liberal Kagan seemed bewildered by the Obama Administration’s unbelievable assertion that there should be no “ministerial exemption” for churches when it comes to hiring.

That’s the issue at stake in the case Hosanna-Tabor Church v. Equal Opportunity Employment Commission. Who, in the end, decides who is a minister and who is not?  A church, or the government?

In his excellent opinion piece in the Wall Street Journal, Stanford’s Michael McConnell, a former federal judge, notes that for “40 years lower courts have applied a ‘ministerial exception,’ which bars the government from any role in deciding who should be a minister.

“But,” McConnell continues, “the Obama Justice Department has now asked the court to disavow the ministerial exception altogether. This would mean that, in every future case, a court — and not the church — would decide whether the church’s reasons for firing or not hiring a minister were good enough.”

Folks this is frightening. And I can’t but help wonder if there’s not a deliberate pattern here by the Obama Administration to restrict religious freedom.
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This excerpt comes from a commentary by Chuck Colson of BreakPoint Ministries. You can read the entire article here.

While we all enjoy our freedoms as Americans, we must never take them for granted!

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3 responses to “Freedom, Schmeedom – Religious Liberty on Trial

  1. I think you’ve hit on an issue that I hope will draw those who are apolitical to decide for themselves TODAY what is important to them and fight to preserve that.
    While I don’t deny my faith in Christ I also won’t deny my penchant for conservative political values because they align most closely (in the political sense) with Christian values. That’s one reason why I am very political in my thoughts and opinions.
    I’m not arguing for a Christian theocracy in the United States, but I certainly don’t want any other kind of theocracy here either. There are those who believe that there is currently a large push towards converting America into a Muslim nation by implementing Sharia Law here and that the current POTUS is agreeable to that. If you follow that line of thinking, court cases such as this become understandable and a precursor to your fears as stated above.

  2. Pingback: Are Americans Losing Their Religious Liberty? | Koinonia

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