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Theology up for debate at SCOTUS?
Washington Post ^ | 10/05/2011 | William P. Mumma

Posted on 10/25/2011 6:29:14 PM PDT by feralcat

From homeland security to healthcare, the federal government now has the power to reach further than ever into American society. But so far, the feds have sensibly stayed out of the business of appointing religious leaders.

Now, in a stunning about-face, the Obama Administration has urged the Supreme Court to allow courts to decide virtually any dispute between a church and its ministers. In the administration’s view, juries and judges, not congregations and bishops, should have the final say on who is fit for religious ministry. Fundamental questions of theology would be resolved in the same way as slip-and-fall cases. Plaintiffs’ lawyers would go into a religious feeding frenzy.

The DOJ made this astounding declaration in its brief for a Supreme Court case called Hosanna-Tabor Evangelical Lutheran Church and School v. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, which some observers have called the most important religious freedom case in 20 years.

The case started when Cheryl Perich, a former teacher at a church-run grade school, wanted to return from a disability-related leave of absence. The school, which is part of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, had far exceeded its legal obligations in accommodating her disability. But when some board members expressed concern that she wasn’t medically ready for work, she threatened to sue for discrimination.

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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: consitution; religion; scotus
When Eric Holder forces your church to hire a transgendered pastor, you better hope his/her sermons are at least short.
1 posted on 10/25/2011 6:29:18 PM PDT by feralcat
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2 posted on 10/25/2011 6:32:21 PM PDT by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: feralcat

The story wouldn’t be complete without noting that explicitly religious methods of picking and using the teachers were in use. These were not treated as a standard job, like the guy who sweeps the floor. They were treated as callings that had to go before the congregation. And there were equally religious processes to voluntarily or otherwise rescind callings. That is what makes Caesar’s nose so blatantly inappropriate here.

3 posted on 10/25/2011 6:33:10 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (There's gonna be a Redneck Revolution! (See my freep page) [rednecks come in many colors])
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To: feralcat

Just a short shuffle to telling Churches what to believe....

Screw these people. When do we collectively have e-dam-nuff?

4 posted on 10/25/2011 6:35:19 PM PDT by Adder (Say NO to the O in 2 oh 12)
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To: wagglebee; little jeremiah

This could be the beginning of something awful. Liberals have long preached the sanctity of separating church and state, and now they push this.

5 posted on 10/25/2011 6:36:19 PM PDT by Clintonfatigued (Illegal aliens collect welfare checks that Americans won't collect)
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To: feralcat

Stunning reversal???? From that F#$%^&& MOSLEM???? What a JOKE. To him, there is NO difference between “church” and “state.

Holy Sharia Batsh!+!!

6 posted on 10/25/2011 6:43:37 PM PDT by bigheadfred (But alas)
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To: feralcat

The people who thought it was ok for the court to decide the Sharia law case should be along shortly to say this is fine.

7 posted on 10/25/2011 7:13:13 PM PDT by CynicalBear
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To: feralcat

there will be secret masses here like in china — soon

8 posted on 10/25/2011 7:44:17 PM PDT by jjw
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To: Clintonfatigued
Very good point. The pukes in DOJ pushing this are just asking for a bunch of FLDS to grab them and make 'em bow down and accept Jack-Mormonism!

That'd be too funny actually ~ most of them fear Pentecostals much more.

9 posted on 10/25/2011 7:48:33 PM PDT by muawiyah
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To: CynicalBear
The Sharia trick in court is undifferentiated from any situation where you have two parties who agree to arbitration according to commonly agreed upon rules ~ e.g. like a union grievance.

It's not about the theology. At the same time Moslem child custody decisions are, in general, contrary to the civil codes in the United States. Sharia law would have no place in anything involving the custody of a human being.

10 posted on 10/25/2011 7:52:28 PM PDT by muawiyah
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To: jjw

Yes, there is going to be a parallel prelature, where all the pastors and priest will the picked by the presiding president preferring persons with perverted predelictions.

11 posted on 10/25/2011 8:43:12 PM PDT by BenKenobi (Honkeys for Herman! 10 percent is enough for God; 9 percent is enough for government)
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To: Clintonfatigued

Gotta read caefully and ping tomorrow.

How much deeper into this hellish nightmare are we going to have to go?

12 posted on 10/25/2011 10:29:57 PM PDT by little jeremiah (We will have to go through hell to get out of hell.)
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13 posted on 10/26/2011 7:44:41 AM PDT by BuckeyeTexan (Man is not free unless government is limited. ~Ronald Reagan)
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