By far the most important story of the day comes by way of The Anchoress:
The Supreme Court of the United States has ruled unanimously in favor of a church’s right to be itself, and its freedom to assign its ministries:
This is an enormous and timely victory for religious freedom:
In a groundbreaking case, the Supreme Court on Wednesday held for the first time that religious employees of a church cannot sue for employment discrimination.
But the court’s unanimous decision in a case from Michigan did not specify the distinction between a secular employee, who can take advantage of the government’s protection from discrimination and retaliation, and a religious employee, who can’t.
It was, nevertheless, the first time the high court has acknowledged the existence of a “ministerial exception” to anti-discrimination laws — a doctrine developed in lower court rulings. This doctrine says the First Amendment’s guarantee of freedom of religion shields churches and their operations from the reach of such protective laws when the issue involves employees of these institutions.
In practice, had the court decided differently, they would have handed the Obama and all subsequent administrations the kind of power that China exercises over churches, including their ongoing struggle to appoint representatives of the Roman Catholic Church. You have to say, though, that China is consistent, insofar as it also reserves the right to select a new Dalai Lama whenever the opportunity shows.
Please go over to Elizabeth’s and read the whole thing, and three cheers for the Supremes.
This is as big a slapdown to Obama as the zero-vote “budget,” but strangely enough it’s nowhere represented at Memeorandum. Wonder what that’s about.