Should Religions be allowed to keep abuse of children and vulnerable adults to themselves without outside intervention?

Dear Readers:

Following is an excerpt from an article in The Wall Street Journal by William Mcgurn published August 16, 2011, “Religion and the Cult of Tolerance”

 (emphasis mine)

The latest example is a case called Hosanna-Tabor Evangelical Lutheran Church and School v. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, which the Supreme Court has just agreed to hear. It stems out of a dispute involving a teacher who was replaced at a very small school when she became ill and absent from work. When the teacher threatened to take her complaint to the EEOC, she was sacked. 

School leaders say that taking disputes outside the community violates church teaching. Their argument didn’t fly at the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals. Now the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, a sort of American Civil Liberties Union for people of faith, has taken up the cause. 

“The Becket Fund is involved in this case because it’s not just about one little Lutheran school in suburban Detroit,” says Fund attorney Eric Rassbach. “It’s about the ability of people of all faiths to work out their relationship with God and one another without the government looking over their shoulder.” 

Indeed. That helps explain why the many briefs filed in support of Hosanna-Tabor include one jointly authored by the Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America, the Catholic bishops, the presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church, and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (Mormons).

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Dr. Marci Hamilton who served as an expert witness for Stop Polygamy in Canada has filed an affidavit asking that the First Amendment not be interpreted to allow religious organizations immunity from the law when it comes to discrimination in the work place.  The broad effects of this ruling could cover clergy crimes of child abuse and child sexual abuse.  All vulnerable adults and children in religious organizations could be at risk if the court rules in favour of the church.  

Hamilton Affidavit filed for HosannaTabor Hamilton Amicus FILED 8 9 11 

We will be following this closely!

Nancy Mereska, President
Stop Polygamy in Canada

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