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Employment Practices - Part 1

A California court ruled that the ministerial exception to employment discrimination laws did not necessarily apply to a married couple who taught marriage counseling.

Key point 8-06. The civil courts have consistently ruled that the first amendment prevents the civil courts from applying civil rights laws to the relationship between a church and a minister.
The Civil Rights Act of 1964

* A California court ruled that the ministerial exception to employment discrimination laws did not necessarily apply to a married couple who taught marriage counseling at a church-affiliated university. A church-affiliated university associated with the Church of Christ accepted the Bible as its "ultimate constitution," and required its professors to accept it "as the authoritative word of God." The purpose of the university is to educate its students to "be equipped for a fruitful Christian service, and particularly for the Christian ministry." The faculty handbook imposes on its professors the role of Christian mentor and example. As the handbook says, "What happens ...

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  • July 1, 2005

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