San Francisco's Catholic Teachers Fight for their Rights

The Supreme Court’s misguided and unanimous decision in Hosanna-Tabor Evangelical Lutheran Church and School v. EEOC continues to wreak havoc on Catholic schoolteachers. Because of the opinion, San Francisco schoolteachers are fighting to maintain minimum employment rights. Justices Ginsburg, Breyer, Sotomayor and Kagan should have anticipated that Hosanna-Tabor would become a weapon in the war against reproductive freedom. Justice Kennedy should have foreseen that Hosanna-Tabor would undermine LGBT rights and marriage equality. Justice Scalia should have ruled that Catholic schools must obey neutral laws of general applicability. All nine Justices should have understood that free speech would be silenced in Read More …

“Church Autonomy” Losing in New Mexico, Washington

There’s good news and bad news this week on the Hosanna Watch. Good: The New Mexico Court of Appeals just issued a commonsensical opinion denying the Seventh-Day Adventists’ claim that the “church autonomy doctrine” allowed church officials to fire an employee–thus breaching her contract and retaliating against her complaints of sexual harassment–without court review. And in Washington State, a gay teacher’s lawsuit against a Catholic school that fired him for getting married continues. Bad: The New Mexico court mistakenly accepted the idea that the “church autonomy doctrine” is based on the First Amendment, even though the Court did not adopt Read More …