Saturday, June 30, 2007

Churches Law Unto Themselves

The Texas Supreme Court ruled in favor of a minister who told his congregation of a parishioner's extra-marital affair learned about in a marriage counseling session. It dismissed the suit despite the plaintiff's assertion that the liscensed professional counselor violated his confidentiality duty.

The Court said "Churches have a fundamental right to decide for themselves, free from state interference, matters of church government as well as those of faith and doctrine." In other words, they are above the law.

The Crossland Community Bible Church required members to abide by Bible-based rules and discipline. What happens if they stone an adultress?

What will happen to people being served by government supported faith based programs? Does the minister have the right to treat them any way they wish in the name of religion? In the last month little people lost the right to their day in court, shareholders, taxpayers, and now congregants. Power Heads in various groups, CEO's, Elected Officials and Preachers, are consolidating their gains. I take it the court will rule on its own behalf next, as it too will be above the law...

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