The Supreme Court has ruled that religious schools have the constitutional right to employ teachers on the basis of their religious beliefs.
The 7-2 decision is really important. The decision underlines the fact that religious schools have the right to be religious—and to be free from government or legal action based upon their employment decisions when it comes to teachers.
The two cases before the Court presented hard situations, but the underlying principle was clear. Religious schools have the right to operate on their religious convictions, without judicial review. As Justice Samuel Alito wrote for the majority: “Judicial review of the way in which religious schools discharge [their] responsibilities would undermine the independence of religious institutions in a way that the First Amendment does not tolerate.”
It’s a big win for religious freedom, and this 7-2 decision sends a very loud message indeed.