6th Circuit: faith-based groups can make employment decisions consistent with beliefs

Thursday, February 05, 2015

The following quote may be attributed to Alliance Defending Freedom Senior Legal Counsel David Hacker regarding Thursday’s decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit in Conlon v. InterVarsity Christian Fellowship that affirmed the freedom of faith-based groups to make employment decisions consistent with their beliefs:

“As the 6th Circuit affirmed, the ability of faith-based groups to make employment decisions consistent with the very faith they espouse is a ‘structural limitation imposed on the government by the Religion Clauses [of the First Amendment], a limitation that can never be waived.’ The court was right to recognize that this freedom extends to groups beyond just those that are directly run by churches and denominations. No one should be coerced by the government to act contrary to their deepest, historically recognized faith convictions. ADF was pleased to file a friend-of-the-court brief in this case on behalf of organizations who support the foundational constitutional freedoms that the 6th Circuit upheld.”

Alliance Defending Freedom is an alliance-building, non-profit legal organization that advocates for the right of people to freely live out their faith.

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