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Church vs. state in fired teacher's case

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by MisterCreosote, Oct 6, 2011.

  1. MisterCreosote

    MisterCreosote Well-Known Member

    An interesting debate in the Supreme Court: A teacher who worked for a church claims she was fired after getting sick and taking a leave of absence. Does the SCOTUS have the authority to rule in this case, or would that violate seperation of church and state?

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/supreme-court-debates-church-and-state-boundary-in-fired-teachers-case/2011/10/05/gIQAN6PpOL_story.html

    Discuss.
     
  2. cranberry

    cranberry Well-Known Member

    Churches don't have immunity from federal laws that protect workers and/or the disabled.
     
  3. 93Devil

    93Devil Well-Known Member

    You cannot pick and choose when you want to be treated like a public school employee.

    If private schools want to offer special education and be under the scrutiny of No Child Left Behind, then we will discuss treating them like a public school.
     
  4. Stitch

    Stitch Active Member

    I see a narrowly-tailored decision, because you can't apply a sweeping doctrine on religious schools that aren't uniform in character.
     
  5. RickStain

    RickStain Well-Known Member

    They should.
     
  6. Ace

    Ace Well-Known Member

    Interesting case. Seems the trickiest part is that she took on some ministerial functions and was not just a lay teacher.
     
  7. Bubbler

    Bubbler Active Member

    If she got fired because she invoked ADA, she's got a case.

    If she got fired from "being a minister", I have to agree with Scalia.

    Either way, sounds like the school/church are a bunch of dicks.
     
  8. Ace

    Ace Well-Known Member

    Put me down for this too, Bubbly.
     
  9. outofplace

    outofplace Well-Known Member

    No, they really shouldn't.
     
  10. 93Devil

    93Devil Well-Known Member

    A group that does not pay taxes or receive funds from the government should not be able to cry to the government.

    Yeah, I want to teach with no rules and no government interference... lalalalalala...
    Oh wait, I think I was wronged by my employer who gave me all these freedoms from the government? GOVERNMENT!!!! I NEED YOU!!!
     
  11. Ace

    Ace Well-Known Member

    The teacher pays taxes. It's the church that doesn't.
     
  12. cranberry

    cranberry Well-Known Member

    What on earth is your rationale for that?
     
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