Should Religions Be Exempt From Laws Otherwise Applicable To Others?

Should Religions Be Exempt From Laws Otherwise Applicable To Others? May 25, 2010

ProfMTH explores the issue with a wealth of information, siding against such exemptions:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G5TBxCfnFiw&hl=en_US&fs=1&

The second video is chock full of legal information.  The most interesting bit in here is where he discusses Antonin Scalia’s strong case against religious exemptions and Sonia Sotomayor’s general support for them.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3GHVxMDRx6o&hl=en_US&fs=1&

1. Regarding Christian Legal Society v. Martinez–

–the decision of the federal district court in favor of the law school

–the decision of the 9th Circuit affirming the trial court’s ruling
–SCOTUS WIKI’s entry on the case (lots of information and material)
2. Archbishop Donald Wuerl’s talk entitled “Religious Freedom and Marriage”
3. Washington D.C.’s marriage equality and nondiscrimination law and related material
4. Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964
5. McClure v. The Salvation Army (the first federal appeals court decision to recognize a “ministerial exception” to Title VII)

1. Wisconsin Supreme Court’s use of the “ministerial exception” to dismiss an age discrimination case against a Catholic school system
2. New York Court of Appeals decision in Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Albany v. Serio
3. California Supreme Court’s decision in Catholic Charities of Sacramento v. Superior Court (Unfortunately, I can’t find a generally accessible URL for this decision. The citation is 85 P.3d 67 (2004).)
4. Jonathan Turley’s Op-Ed piece entitled “When it comes to religious groups, who’s really facing discrimination?”
5. Employment Division v. Smith
6. Bob Jones University v. United States
7. New York Times article on the Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Association case

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