Defending the Judeo-Christian Ethic, Limited Government, & the American Constitution
Friday September 19th 2014

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Federalist 58 by James Madison. 1. Under the proposed Constitution whose interests were represented by the U.S. Senate? Is it so today? If not, how might it be remedied & by what means? 2. How did the Constitution provide for updating representation in Congress? 3. Madison credits the U.S Constitution with assigning the greatest power, that of the “purse strings” to the U.S. House. In your opinion, how might the House assert that power to reduce the size & cost of government today? 4. Explain in your own words Madison’s warning against too many men serving in the House. How might his warning be applied today as calls abound for a more direct democracy & for scrapping the electoral college system? 5. Is democracy the form of government our Founders gave us or was it a republican form? Explain the difference.

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Court Tells EEOC to Back Off Churches


Surprise, surprise, the Supreme Court handed down a decision slapping down the bureaucrats who are trying to tie strings around Christian churches. Here’s what happened. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, known as EEOC, had sued a small grade school affiliated with the Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod, and the school fought back. This Christian school had conferred the title of “Minister of Religion” on many of its teachers. One of those teachers got into a dispute over her employment and threatened to sue the school, so the school fired her. She then filed a complaint with the EEOC, asserting that she was improperly fired for planning to sue the school under the Americans with Disabilities Act. The EEOC then sued the school, claiming that the school had fired the teacher in retaliation for her threat to file a lawsuit. As the case got more complicated, the demands against the school got more expensive, including demands that the teacher be rehired or given future pay, and also get back pay, punitive damages, and attorney’s fees.

This case got to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, which held against the school. Then the case moved to the U.S. Supreme Court, which unanimously held against the EEOC and against the teacher. The Supreme Court stated that churches and church organizations enjoy a virtually absolute right to fire individuals under the so-called “ministerial exception” to employment laws, and religious employers are protected under the First Amendment from being second-guessed by judges for their employment decisions about “who will preach their beliefs, teach their faith, and carry out their mission.”

And here’s another surprise. This Supreme Court decision, written by Chief Justice Roberts, was unanimous.

Contributing Editor, Phyllis Schlafly, is the Founder and President of Eagle Forum.

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