Two separate court decisions, one in the United States Supreme Court and the other in the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals, offer new hope that the judiciary is paying attention to the constitution even if the legislature is not.  In a shocking unanimous 9-0 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that churches and other religious groups are entitled to make employment decisions without interference by the government.  In doing so, the high court affirmed what is known as the doctrine of “Ministerial Exception,” the long-standing right to be shielded from discrimination lawsuits brought on by employees.

The case stemmed from a suit filed in the State of Michigan in 2010 and, because of the surprising unanimous decision, is giving rise to jubilation in conservative circles and consternation among the liberals.

In an unrelated case, all three judges in the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in favor of the Texas Sonogram Law, upholding the right of doctors andcaregivers to show a potential abortion patient an image of her child and listening to its heartbeat before going through with the procedure.  While the plaintiffs have the right to appeal, the decision was so strongly worded that there is doubt that they will even try.

Isn’t it great to be right?


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