Recent Court Cases and the Church
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.