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'Ministerial Exception' Bars Court from Resolving InterVarsity Employee's Sex Discrimination Claim

Key point 8-10.1. The civil courts have consistently ruled that the First Amendment prevents the civil courts from applying employment laws to the relationship between a church and a minister.

A federal appeals court ruled that it was barred by the "ministerial exception" from resolving a sex discrimination claim by a former employee of a Christian campus ministry. InterVarsity Christian Fellowship/USA (IVCF) is "an evangelical campus mission serving students and faculty on college and university campuses nationwide," whose vision is "to see students and faculty transformed, campuses renewed and world changers developed." IVCF's purpose "is to establish and advance at colleges and universities witnessing communities of students and faculty who follow Jesus as Savior and Lord: growing in love for God, God's Word, God's people of every ethnicity and culture and God's purposes in the world." ...

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  • April 21, 2016