Thursday, October 13, 2011

Supreme Court justices find government line in church-state case 'amazing'

This is a great case-the ultimate question is, "Do individuals give up thier civil and human rights when they work in a "religious system"?

Question 1.  So if discrimination in the workplace is not based in doctrine, but in a tradition of "bullying" women to maintain their elite status, should the government take interest? dd

Question 2.  Regarding the issue of doctrine-if gender bias is based in a century-old tradition of criminal behaviors that break the rule of law, and individuals come to civil authorities with civil wrongs, should the courts not pay attention? dd

From the article....
"Justice Stephen Breyer asked Kruger how the government differentiated between Perich’s Lutheran case and the case of a woman who might sue the Catholic Church for gender discrimination for limiting the priesthood to men.
“The government’s general interest in eradicating discrimination in the workplace is simply not sufficient to justify changing the way that the Catholic Church chooses its priests, based on gender roles that are rooted in religious doctrine,” Kruger said."

“You think that the Catholic doctrine is older, stronger and entitled to more respect than the Lutheran doctrine,” Justice Alito said.
Kruger disagreed. “The government’s interest in preventing retaliation against those who would go to civil authorities with civil wrongs is foundational to the rule of law,” she said.

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