2nd Circuit upholds freedom of church to choose its leaders


Friday, July 14, 2017

The following quote may be attributed to Alliance Defending Freedom Legal Counsel Jeremiah Galus regarding the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit’s decision Friday in Fratello v. Archdiocese of New York to uphold the freedom of a church to decide who will serve as its religious leaders:

“The First Amendment plainly protects a church’s freedom to decide who serves as its religious leaders, as the U.S. Supreme Court acknowledged only five years ago. The 2nd Circuit correctly recognized that this freedom extends to choosing a religious school’s principal—a position that is perhaps a school’s most important. Governmental inference here would have amounted to nothing less than state control of a religious school—something the First Amendment clearly forbids. ADF was honored to file a friend-of-the-court brief in this case on behalf of the Orthodox Church in America, which supports the foundational constitutional freedom that the Second Circuit upheld.”
 
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