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US Supreme Court rules in favour of religious freedoms

Two US Supreme Court rulings have come down in favour of Christians, and defended the religious liberties and freedoms provided Americans in the US Constitution. Both cases had a favourable 7-2 ruling.

First Case: Religious organizations allowed to hire and fire based on faith and teaching

The first case allowed religious organizations to hire and dismiss people according to the organization’s religious values and teaching. This is particularly relevant for Christian schools:

The Baptist Press explains:

In one ruling, the justices reiterated their support for a “ministerial exception” that enables churches and other religious bodies to hire and fire based on their beliefs. They had ruled unanimously in 2012 in favor of such an exception. In consolidated cases, two Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles chose not to renew contracts for two fifth-grade teachers based on what they said was poor performance.

Liberty Counsel added this further explanation:

In both cases, two teachers at Catholic schools were required by their annual agreement and faculty handbook, to adhere to and teach, the doctrine and sacraments of the Catholic Church. In both cases, at their annual review, the teachers were not offered contract renewals.

Second case: Religious organizations do not have to fund abortions

The second case involves the Little Sisters who were fighting an Obama era health regulation requiring religious organization to include both abortion drugs and birth control in their health-care coverage.

Liberty Counsel writes:

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled 7-2 in favor of the Trump administration’s exemption of religious employers from the Affordable Care Act (ACA or known as ObamaCare) requirement to provide insurance coverage for contraception and other abortion-inducing drugs and devices in their health insurance plans. The case is titled, Little Sisters of the Poor Saints Peter and Paul Home v. Pennsylvania. 

READ: High court delivers 2 religious liberty wins AND Big Win for Religious Schools AND Little Sisters Win Again

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