(Life News) The U.S. Supreme Court handed down another victory for religious freedom Wednesday when it ruled that the government should not interfere in religious school decisions about who teaches their religion classes.
Washington Examiner reports the court ruled 7-2 in favor of California Catholic schools that decided not to renew two teachers’ contracts after they said the teachers were not following the schools’ religious missions.
“Religious schools play an integral role in passing the faith to the next generation of believers,” said Adrian Alarcon, spokesperson for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles Catholic Schools. “We are grateful that the Supreme Court recognized faith groups must be free to make their own decisions about who should be entrusted with these essential duties.”
The ruling means Catholic schools are free to hire and fire teachers who teach or fail to teach basic faith principles to their students. For the Catholic Church and many other Christian denominations, that includes the sanctity of human life. As a result, if a Christian school discovers that a teacher is promoting abortion, it may fire the teacher and find someone else willing to teach students about the value of every human life.
Lawyers with the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, which represented the schools, said the ruling is a victory for people of all faiths.
“Today is a huge win for religious schools of all faith traditions,” said Eric Rassbach, vice president and senior counsel at Becket, who argued the case to the Court. “The last thing government officials should do is decide who is authorized to teach Catholicism to Catholics or Judaism to Jews. We are glad the court has resoundingly reaffirmed that churches and synagogues, not government, control who teaches kids about God.”
Alliance Defending Freedom, which is involved in many pro-life and religious freedom cases, also celebrated the ruling.
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Editors note. This article was written by Michaiah Bilger and posted to Life News. Title Changed by Pulpit & Pen
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