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Editorial writer George F. Will did very well explaining the two opposing views of the U.S. Supreme Court's inner debate over the expansion of the 1964 Civil Rights Act for today's needs: "Legal logic confounded labels at the Supreme Court" (Saturday, June 20). The Highest Court ruled 6-3 to expand the 1964 Civil Rights Act to include the newest group of classified citizens: LGBTQ.
The debate between the justices of the highest court in the land is over. But the question for religious institutions is: What exactly does this ruling mean for us? The Supreme Court's majority decision seems not complex. An employer cannot fire a homosexual/transgender employee for being homosexual/transgender. That seems fair for the secular workplace.
But for Catholic schools and other Christian schools the Court's decision causes complexities within the schools teaching and religious structures. The Catholic schools have fired homosexual teachers. The reason is: Before any lay teacher is hired to teach anything in a Catholic school the potential teacher has to enter into a contract that prohibits them from living a public lifestyle that is contrary to our religious teaching and catechism. Theoretically, homosexuals are not banned from teaching in a Catholic school. But if their homosexuality is publicly active in any way that could bring scandal to the students or faculty of a Catholic school then the teacher has broken their contract and can be fired. That seems fair for religious schools.
The world has to respect that the Catholic Church and their schools and other Christian churches and their schools are religious institutions. So, secular governments are not capable of telling us which religious doctrines we can uphold or toss away. That's our First Amendment protection. The "free exercise thereof" religion.
Dan Pryor, Belvidere, N.J.
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