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Trump’s DOJ just escalated the fight over whether religion is a license to discriminate

Oct 1, 2019

By Ian Millhiser

The Trump administration filed an unusual brief in a dispute between a gay teacher and the Catholic Church on Friday. Should the administration’s position be adopted by courts, it could expand the universe of employers who are allowed to defy laws banning discrimination in the workplace.

The case is Payne-Elliott v. Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Indianapolis, and it involves a gay man who, until recently, was a teacher at a Catholic school in Indianapolis. Some time after plaintiff Joshua Payne-Elliott got married in 2017, the Archdiocese of Indianapolis ordered the school to fire Payne-Elliott because he married a man.

The archbishop informed the school that it would be stripped of its Catholic identity and would no longer be affiliated with the church if it did not comply with the order to fire Payne-Elliott. After what the school described as “22 months of earnest discussion and extensive dialogue with the Archdiocese of Indianapolis about Cathedral’s continued Catholic identity,” the school ultimately decided to capitulate to the archbishop’s demand, and Payne-Elliott was fired last June. Payne-Elliott responded by suing the archdiocese.

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4 comments on “Trump’s DOJ just escalated the fight over whether religion is a license to discriminate

  • It looks like it’s time to put the shoe on the other foot.

    All atheist (or even just non-christian) business owners need to start asking “Are you a christian?” and discriminate as needed if the answer is yes. Silly christians think that these laws will only benefit them. Report abuse

  • I see in England, a bigoted Christian doctor who thinks the bible is a medical book, has lost his special pleading that HIS  faith beliefs trump biology and legal requirements!

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-birmingham-49904997

    A doctor who refused to use transgender pronouns as people’s chosen sex as it went against his Christian faith has lost his tribunal.
    Disability assessor Dr David Mackereth, from Dudley, West Midlands, claimed the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) breached his right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion.

    But a panel ruled his biblical view of what it is to be male and female was “incompatible with human dignity.”

    The tribunal panel – sitting in Birmingham – found the DWP had not breached the Equality Act. It stated there was no contravention and dismissed the complaints.

    He is now playing the martyr and says he will appeal due to “his lack of belief in transgenderism” and his “conscientious objection to transgenderism”.

    Perhaps he will develop a  conscientious objection  to gravity, decide to flap his arms and fly to work in future! ☺

    Andrea Williams, the chief executive of the Christian Legal Centre, said if the decision is upheld it will have “seismic consequences” for anyone in the workplace “who is prepared to believe and say that we are created male and female”.

    Yeah! I mean in this day and age,  who needs doctors who understand human biology from studying medical books rather than from reading  the bible? ! ☺

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  • Transgender people ALSO believe that people are created male and female.  That’s why it is so distressing to a transgender person to not have their gender identity acknowledged.

    I don’t want some crackpot religious nut treating me according to the bible. It was biblical teachings that led many doctors to refuse to use anesthesia for women in labor, or even other interventions such as forceps, because the bible sez “women will suffer and bring forth children” because you know it was ALL EVE’S FAULT that we got kicked out of Eden. Yup, god had nothing to do with that, even though it is supposed to be omniscient omnipresent and omnipotent. But apparently the snake was more omniscient omnipresent and omnipotent. Plus how smart must god be, to put his creations like 3 feet from the one tree he didn’t want them to eat the fruit of. Apparently it is just omni-jackassy. Report abuse

  • Pye Wacket says:

    Transgender people ALSO believe that people are created male and female.  That’s why it is so distressing to a transgender person to not have their gender identity acknowledged.

    I don’t think it is as clear cut as that.

    Some people with intersex conditions  can be in between sexes, but may opt for a male or female persona.  That should however be respected.

    https://www.quora.com/Are-there-more-than-two-genders/answer/Alan-Appleby-4

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