Among the more or less predictable reactions from legal adversaries to the Supreme Court’s
finding that ministers may not bring employment discrimination suits
against their churches, there is a pious sentiment to be found here and
there — an appeal to an even higher law.
Even those who agreed with the unanimous court — and who have argued all along that the First Amendment provides an exception that lets churches, synagogues and other religious institutions hire and fire ministers and other religious leaders without government interference — can be heard cautioning the churches not to abuse that right.
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