The opinion in Hosanna-Tabor is here, and the unanimous decision is another enormous rebuke to the Obama Department of Justice which had argued for a radical narrowing of religious freedom.
UPDATE: The ADF has released this statement from senior counsel Kevin Theriot:
“The Supreme Court was right to conclude that the government cannot contradict a church’s determination of who can act as its ministers. This clearly goes to the heart of the original intent of the religion clauses of the First Amendment. ADF has been pleased to represent this church and school in the trial court since the 6th Circuit handed down its opinion, and we commend The Becket Fund for its excellent work representing them before the Supreme Court.”
Reading the opinion a second time it becomes even more obvious that the Chief Justice’s opinion will become one of the great fortresses of religious liberty in the future. Thanks to ADF and the Beckett Fund for coming to the defense of a small congregation, the vindication of which provided the occasion for a lighthouse opinion that will guide lower courts for decades to come towards protecting religious freedom in America.
The Roberts Court is reworking First Amendment law in a thorough and careful fashion, and all to the good, especially with regards to our first freedoms –to worship the Almighty as we see fit.