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 June 30, 2023

Supreme Court sides with Christian mailman to expand religious protections

The Supreme Court of the United States has been on a tear with decisions striking down Affirmative Action and President Joe Biden's student loan forgiveness programs.

Amid those decisions, the Supreme Court also expanded protections for religious employees. In a unanimous decision on Thursday, the Supreme Court sided with mailman Gerald Groff who was fired for refusing to work shifts on Sundays.

This decision has huge implications for workers around the nation who have had to place their livelihood above their personal convictions.

Now the Supreme Court has clarified and confirmed that those workers must be accommodated and their beliefs upheld.

Groff celebrated the decision by saying, "I hope this decision allows others to be able to maintain their convictions without living in fear of losing their jobs because of what they believe."

Religious liberty wins

The unanimous nature of the decision came as a surprise but yet another testament to the nonpartisan ideals of the Supreme Court.

Justice Samuel Alito explained the facts of the case saying, "Gerald Groff is an Evangelical Christian who believes for religious reasons that Sunday should be devoted to worship and rest. Since its passage, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 has made it unlawful for covered employers ‘to fail or refuse to hire or to discharge any individual, or otherwise to discriminate against any individual with respect to his compensation, terms, conditions, or privileges [of] employment, because of such individual’s . . . religion.'"

He then went on to explain how the judiciary had previously determined that there was a need to "accommodate" the "reasonable religious needs of employees."

Alito continued by saying, "Congress provided that “[t]he term ‘religion’ includes all aspects of religious observance and practice, as well as belief, unless an employer demonstrates that he is unable to reasonably accommodate to an employee’s or prospective employee’s religious observance or practice without undue hardship on the conduct of the employer’s business."

Ultimately, this decision provides more weight to workers seeking accommodation. Considering the left's attacks on religious liberty, this decision is absolutely massive.

Turning the tide

The Supreme Court's conservative majority is turning the tide and it seems that they have made groundbreaking decision after groundbreaking decision.

Thanks to the nature of the Court, they Justices are free of the usual political hurdles that could influence how they make decisions.

Democrats have been doing everything in their power to change that from proposals to pack the court to illegal protests in front of Justice's homes.

Thankfully, the Supreme Court has stood firm and for once conservatives are getting real victories.

Written By:
Robert Hoel

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