Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Religious Freedom - #3298 - Supreme Court Set to Hear Religious Liberty Case - Baptist Press (2) Freemont Girl Banned From Wearing Rosary at School - KETV7

The U.S. Supreme Court will hear a major religious liberty case Wednesday that could impact the hiring practices of religious organizations.  The case, Hosanna-Tabor v. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, concerns whether a church-based school has freedom from federal oversight in hiring and firing decisions. "Critics sometimes complain that the court's religion-related decisions bog down in trivia -- How close are the reindeer and snowmen to the Baby Jesus in the holiday display?" wrote Notre Dame law professor Richard Garnett in USA Today. "But this case ... is about a big idea, the 'separation of church and state,' that really matters."  The religious freedom principle behind the case is crucial, but the circumstances of the case complicate the matter, and religious freedom advocates acknowledge that the teacher suing the school in question may win in the court of public opinion.  Cheryl Perich was a teacher at the Lutheran Church-run school Hosanna-Tabor, based in eastern Michigan, when doctors diagnosed her with narcolepsy and she missed work for several months. The school, its small staff stretched, hired a replacement teacher for the spring semester. Perich wanted to return to her job during the spring, but the school noted that it had hired a replacement for the semester; the school also wasn't convinced she was physically ready to return to work. She threatened to sue if she wasn't reinstated.  Read more.........

Freemont Girl Banned from Wearing Rosary at School - KETV7 - The Catholic church said something that should be a symbol of love has been adopted and abused by gang influences.  A sixth-grade girl said she was told that she can't wear a necklace that resembles a rosary because it violates the dress code at the Fremont Public Schools.  Elizabeth Carey, 12, said the school adopted a policy last year banning the necklaces.  "The principal said I couldn't wear my necklace at all because gangsters were wearing it," she said.  She said the necklace is part of an outfit that she hopes expresses her faith.  "I'm wearing a cross necklace, a cross T-shirt and a cross bracelet," she said. "I'm thinking of how Jesus died on the cross and how he gave up all his sins for us."  Read more, see video clip.......  Read more.........

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