Recent Court Cases and the Church

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Churches Lose Use of Public Spaces in NYC


Late last year, the US Supreme Court announced that it would not review a lower court ruling banning churches from meeting in public school spaces in New York City.  John Van Buiten, a network participant, posted a comment to this blog saying that a CRC church plant has lost its space at a community center as a result of that decision.  Effiorts are being made to appeal this decision. This certainly brings the reality of this decision directly to our faith community.


Religious Employees of a Church Cannot Sue for Employment Discrimination


In a decision last week, the US Supreme Court "acknowledged the existence of a 'ministerial exception' to anti-discrimination laws." The court did not define the "ministerial exception" but clearly is giving churches the right to select their own ministers and religious leaders. For more information, check out this summary from Yahoo? News.

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Not a big deal but you might want to specify which Supreme COurt you are talking about.  Far as I know, American law does not apply in Canada and decisions on similar topics made in the latter are often different to varying degrees than those in the USA.   For example, the Canadian SUpreme Court has ruled that Miranda type rights are not applicable in Canada.   I suppose that is one of the problems of being a denomination spread over two countries.

Thanks--I've added the "US" to the post.  We appreciate your insight on how Canadian law is handling these issues.

 The New York State Senate passed a bill on Monday, February 6, 2012  that would allow churches to continue holding worship services in public schools as long as it was when no school events were scheduled.  

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