Being the Ministerial Exception

Being the Ministerial Exception

Carla Hale lost her job as a P.E. teacher, after 19 years, because she’s homosexual.  Her mother’s obituary mentions Hale’s partner, Julie. Hale’s boss read it and gave her the boot.  You can read more about it in this article, which notes:

In 2012, the Supreme Court determined that employment laws had a “ministerial exception.” Because of the First Amendment’s guarantee of religious freedom, religious institutions are allowed to discriminate against employees, as long as those employees are ministers. Who qualifies as a minister, however, wasn’t precisely defined.

I can totally relate to this story, because I lost my job as an administrative assistant for writing blogs that challenge the doctrines of eternal torment and annihilation.  To have no First Amendment rights, to be the “ministerial exception,” is unfortunate, to say the least.  Although I signed the Change.org petition to have her reinstated, I don’t think it would be wise to change laws regarding how religious institutions treat their employees.  Why?  Because the separation of church and state is such an incredibly valuable practice.

The marriage of church and state is what ushered in some of the darkest moments in human history.  Can you imagine listening to the news and hearing that Congress passed a law like this?

THE CODE OF OUR LORD
THE MOST SACRED EMPEROR JUSTINIAN.
CONCERNING THE MOST EXALTED TRINITY AND THE
CATHOLIC FAITH AND PROVIDING THAT NO ONE
SHALL DARE TO PUBLICLY OPPOSE THEM.

We desire that all peoples subject to Our benign Empire shall live under the same religion that the Divine Peter, the Apostle, gave to the Romans… in accordance with the rules of apostolic discipline and the evangelical doctrine, we should believe that the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit constitute a single Deity, endowed with equal majesty, and united in the Holy Trinity.

(1) We order all those who follow this law to assume the name of Catholic Christians, and considering others as demented and insane, We order that they shall bear the infamy of heresy; and when the Divine vengeance which they merit has been appeased, they shall afterwards be punished in accordance with Our resentment, which we have acquired from the judgment of Heaven.

(Source: Corpus Juris Civilis (The Civil Law, the Code of Justinian), by S.P. Scott, A.M., published by the Central Trust Company, Cincinnati, copyright 1932, Volume 12 [of 17], pages 9-12, 125, retrieved from angelfire.com.)

 

Hale is described by her students as “as a mentor and role model.”  It would be much better for Hale, myself, and God only knows how many others, to become outcasts than to impose change through legal action.  Let the Kings of the Little Kingdoms continue to make poor decisions.  In the past, their biased decisions were kept behind closed doors.  They could persecute and judge with very few people ever being aware of what was happening.

Not any more.  The whole world is watching.

Consequently, the Little Kingdoms are shrinking.  The irony is that the Kings of the Little Kingdoms believe their Little Kingdoms are shrinking because people aren’t interested in God.

You may also be interested in viewing:

Religious Tolerance Part One

Religious Tolerance Part Two

Religious Tolerance Part Three

Religious Tolerance Part Four

Religious Tolerance Part Five

Religious Tolerance Part Six

Religious Tolerance Part Seven

Religious Tolerance Part Eight

Religious Tolerance Part Nine

Religious Tolerance Part Ten

Religious Tolerance Part Eleven

Comments
  • Lanny A. Eichert April 19, 2013 at 3:20 pm

    Now add to Alice’s insecurities her martyr complex: It would be much better for Hale, myself, and God only knows how many others, to become outcasts … .

    • admin April 19, 2013 at 8:52 pm

      You remind me of the old guys on the Muppets.

      • Lanny A. Eichert April 19, 2013 at 9:16 pm

        The Bible tells us MANY years before you were born what to expect from the likes of you.

      • Stephen Helbig April 20, 2013 at 12:08 am

        The old guys on the muppets made me laugh out loud, ~ 🙂 ROFLOL

        • Stephen Helbig April 20, 2013 at 1:45 am

          p.s. to above comment @ 12:08 am ~ Now that I’m as old as those old guys (white hair and all), I find that I have to laugh at my “old self” ~ ( “pun intended” ).

  • Mary Vanderplas April 19, 2013 at 10:04 pm

    I agree with both points: that this woman was dealt an injustice and that religious institutions shouldn’t be required by law to employ those who violate accepted standards of doctrine or morality. I agree, too, that church-state separation is vitally important, as much for the sake of protecting human freedom to choose in matters of faith and conscience (and guarding against the sort of tyranny that your example illustrates) as for the sake of creating a climate in which religion can have a place on its own terms and be free from the corrupting influences of the world.

    I like what you say about injustices perpetrated in the name of religion turning people off to the institution; and I think you’re right on in asserting that a declining interest in the institution shouldn’t be taken as a declining interest in spirituality or God.

  • Lanny A. Eichert April 20, 2013 at 1:42 am

    O what a wonderful, wonderful day – Day I will never forget; After I’d wandered in darkness away, Jesus my Savior I met. O what a tender compassionate friend – He met the need of my heart; Shadows dispelling, With joy I am telling, He made all my darkness depart !
    Heaven came down and glory filled my soul, When at the cross the Savior made me whole; My sins were washed away – And my night was turned to day – Heaven came down and glory filled my soul !
    Born of the Spirit with life from above Into God’s family divine, Justified fully thru Calvary’s love, O what a standing is mine ! And the transaction so quickly was made When as a sinner I came, Took of the offer Of grace He did proffer – He saved me, O praise His dear name !
    Heaven came down and glory filled my soul, When at the cross the Savior made me whole; My sins were washed away – And my night was turned to day – Heaven came down and glory filled my soul !
    Now I’ve a hope that will surely endure After the passing of time; I have a future in heaven for sure, There in those mansions sublime. And it’s because of that wonderful day When at the cross I believed; Riches eternal And blessings supernal From His precious hand I received.
    Heaven came down and glory filled my soul, When at the cross the Savior made me whole; My sins were washed away – And my night was turned to day – Heaven came down and glory filled my soul !

    Songwriter John W. Peterson; copyright 1961 & 1966 by Singspiration, Inc.

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