WASHINGTON — Reps. Doug Collins (R-Ga.), Ranking Member of the House Judiciary Committee; Doug Lamborn (R-Colo.); Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah); and over two dozen other lawmakers signed an amicus brief Monday, supporting Our Lady of Guadalupe School in their religious liberty case before the Supreme Court.
From the brief:
“The teaching of religious principles and customs is at the very core of faith for many, if not most, religions. Yet in the two opinions under review, the Ninth Circuit barely addressed the importance of this aspect of religion. Quite to the contrary, the court minimized the significance of “teaching from a book”—a striking position given that most of the world’s major religions consider the teachings found in holy books to be the very essence of their faith.”
“In Hosanna-Tabor, this Court unanimously held that a ministerial exception under the Religion Clauses exists. In this case, the Court should take the opportunity to hold that the exception includes those who execute the profound duty of teaching the faith to the next generation, whether they be called priest, pastor, imam, rabbi, teacher, or nothing at all. Anything less would imperil the religious pluralism of the United States.”
In Our Lady of Guadalupe School v. Morrissey-Berru, a Los Angeles-area Catholic school chose not to renew the contract of a teacher that a new principal believed was not successfully implementing the school’s fifth grade religion curriculum. The teacher then sued the school for age discrimination. The school then claimed that since the teacher was responsible for religious instruction the school’s decision not to renew the teacher’s contract was protected by the First Amendment’s ministerial exception from anti-discrimination laws.
Amicus signatories include:
Reps. Robert Aderholt (R-Ala.), Doug LaMalfa (R-Calif.), Rick Allen (R-Ga.), Doug Lamborn (R-Colo.), Brian Babin (R-Texas), Robert Latta (R-Ohio) Doug Collins (R-Ga.), Barry Loudermilk (R-Ga.), Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.), Mark Meadows (R-N.C.), Andy Harris (R-Md.), Ralph Norman (R-S.C.), Vicky Hartzler (R-Mo.), Jody Hice (R-Ga.), Steve King (R-Iowa), Mike Kelly (R-Penn.), Steven Palazzo (R-Miss.), Adrian Smith (R-Neb.), and Chris Stewart (R-Utah).
Sens. Mike Braun (R-Ind.), Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.), Ted Cruz (R-Texas), Josh Hawley (R-Mo.), James M. Inhofe (R-Okla.), James Lankford (R-Okla.), Mike Lee (R-Utah), Ben Sasse (R-Neb.), and Thom Tillis (R-N.C.).