Supreme Court Decisions

August 28, 2020 |Episode 11

Guest: Brittany Jones, Family Policy Alliance of Kansas

It this episode, Brittany Jones discusses two recent supreme court cases and how they will benefit the faith-based community.


Our Lady of Guadalupe Supreme Court Decision:
In Hosanna-Tabor Evangelical Lutheran Church and School v. EEOC, a unanimous 2012 opinion authored by Justice Roberts, the court reminded us that the point of separating, or differentiating between, “church” and “state” is not to erect a cooperation-killing “wall” but instead to protect religious freedom by preventing governments from interfering in religious matters and from purporting to answer religious questions. In June, the justices re-affirmed this understanding in the Our Lady of Guadalupe ruling, and the corresponding right of religious communities to select their own teachers and teachings.

Little Sisters of the Poor Supreme Court Decision
The long-running dispute over the Affordable Care Act’s contraception-coverage mandate, which returned to the court last term with Little Sisters of the Poor v. Pennsylvania, provides a contested illustration of the court’s willingness to interpret legislative accommodations of religion broadly, but the controversy surrounding this particular controversy should not obscure the broad, clear consensus that reasonable accommodations of religious dissenters promote both religious freedom and civic peace.


Brittany Jones,
Family Policy Alliance of Kansas