More demanded respect

The separation between church and state – a fundamental concept to the secular nation of the United States – goes quite far. One way it is commonly applied is in exceptions to the law. Many times they are fair exceptions. But other times religions just think they should be allowed to do as they damn well please:

The Supreme Court will decide whether a teacher at a church-run school is a religious or secular worker when it comes to the Americans with Disabilities Act.

The high court on Monday agreed to hear an appeal from Hosanna-Tabor Evangelical Lutheran Church and School of Redford, Mich.

Cheryl Perich, a teacher and commissioned minister, got sick in 2004 but tried to return to work from disability leave despite being diagnosed with narcolepsy. She taught third and fourth graders

The school said she couldn’t return because they had hired a substitute for that year. They fired her after she showed up anyway and threatened to sue to get her job back.

Here we have yet another example of unearned and undeserved respect being demanded by a religious group. Perich was a teacher, not a priest or Rabbi or any other sort of religious leader. Her job was secular and she functioned within it in a purely secular way. To act as though she loses her rights because religion is involved is absurd.

We can be sure Scalia and Thomas will be ready to side with the religious group, ignoring everything to do with the law as usual, but I don’t see how the school as a leg to stand on.

4 Responses

  1. I don’t know about this one.

    I’ll be interested to read the opinion and the dissent.

    I see it going both ways.

  2. I agree with Nate: too hard to call.

  3. And you keep saying miracles don’t happen.

  4. Her job wasn’t purely secular. However, she wasn’t fired for a religious reason. So, it’s probably bogus.

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