Written by ap-government-fall-2011-1b3School: Central York High School
Class: AP Government Fall 2011
I agree with the ministerial exception ideology. The First Amendment of the Constitution blocks the Government from making any sort of law or choice that would impede the beliefs of a religious institution. The church is allowed to make their own decisions and, as long as they are not morally unacceptable they should be free to do so. Personnel decisions equate to the free exercise of religion in a variety of ways. The Church can do as they see fit to help them. Obviously, the church found Perich as a blemish on their staff because they felt she could not appropriately supervise the children and advise them on religious matters. Therefore, it is fine that they asked her to leave. The church should be able to freely hire and fire as they please. Lawsuits from former employees will infringe on this right, because they will bring up the argument about who is applicable to the idea of ministerial exception. This topic is what this case is about; are all workers in the church applicable because they are serving God in some way, or is it just those that have religious advisory in their job description? In the end, while very controversial in nature, the free exercise clause is definitely a good thing to remember when ruling on a religious case.