Wednesday, February 08, 2023

Supreme Court Review Sought in Ministerial Exception Case

 A petition for certiorari (full text) was filed with the U.S. Supreme Court last week in Faith Bible Chapel International v. Tucker, (cert. filed 2/3/2023).  In the case, the U.S. 10th Circuit Court of Appeals by a vote of 6-4, denied en banc review of a panel decision which held that interlocutory appeals from the denial of a ministerial exception defense are not permitted. (See prior posting.) In the case, a former high school teacher and administrator/ chaplain contends that he was fired for opposing alleged racial discrimination by a Christian school. The petition for review frames the Questions Presented in part as follows:

Whether the First Amendment’s “ministerial exception” should be understood as an immunity from judicial interference in church employment decisions falling within the exception, or instead as a mere defense against liability. 

WORLD reports on the petition.  Becket Law has additional background on the case.