McConnell on the Ministerial Exception

Mike McConnell has a great piece in today’s Wall Street Journal on the ministerial exception, the subject of today’s argument in Hosanna-Tabor. Among other things, McConnell notes that, shockingly, the Obama Administration has filed an amicus brief opposing the exception in principle. I say “shockingly” because, at one point, anyway, the Obama Administration was trying assiduously to close the so-called “God gap” in American politics by reaching out to religious-values voters. But religious-values voters, including religious-values voters inclined to vote Democratic, believe, correctly, that the ministerial exception protects important constitutional values. In fact, McConnell has filed an amicus brief supporting the ministerial exception on behalf of a number of mainline Protestant denominations, including the United Methodists, the United Church of Christ, and the Presbyterian Church (USA), all of which skew left in American political terms. — MLM

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