Wednesday, October 5, 2011

I Should Be Able to Be a Catholic Priest

...Even if I'm not Catholic...And the Justice Department agrees!  The brief they just filed in Hosanna-Tabor Evangelical Lutheran Church and School v. EEOC makes this pretty clear. 

At issue here is whether or not a Church or Church School can discriminate based on Religion when making hiring decisions.  Specifically at issue is whether a teacher at a Religious school, who's duties include performing as a Minister is eligible for re-hire after the Congregation votes to revoke her Ministerial authority.  The Justice Department brief in support of this woman's discrimination claim states that this religion based discrimination is not excepted from Civil Rights laws and that Churches can only discriminate based on Religion for roles that are "exclusively religious functions." 

Now, considering that Priests must often perform administrative duties in their church, what does it matter if I'm not Catholic or can't stand rigorously ornate organization in religion?  Maybe they should make me the Pope....

What is wrong with this DOJ.  This is one of the worst arguments I've ever read in a Supreme Court brief.  I don't know that I should be so surprised considering this is the same group that allowed the illegal sale of guns to drug gang members going to Mexico, guns that have turned up in crime scene after crime scene, including the murder of a Border Agent.  This is the same Justice Department that instituted a political litmus test for career hiring.  This is the same Justice Department that has repeatedly failed to investigate or prosecute allegations of Voter Intimidation or Fraud by political allies of the President, while threatening states with prosecution for implementing protections against voter fraud. 

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