While everyone in the country rushed around in mid-December buying and wrapping last-minute Christmas gifts, a Boston judge was preparing to issue the first decision of its kind anywhere in the United States: a decision declaring that a religious school must hire a gay man married to his gay partner, despite the school’s objection to homosexuality and same-sex marriage. The Catholic school had offered this man a job as Food Services Director, but upon learning that he was a homosexual and was married to his gay partner, they rescinded the job offer in light of the fact that his lifestyle did not align with the school’s religious beliefs.
To our knowledge, this is the first time a religious organization has been ordered by a judge to hire a person who knowingly, openly lives a lifestyle completely and unashamedly opposed to the sincerely held religious beliefs of the organization. It’s the first case where the homosexual “rights” of an individual were deemed to trump the religious liberty and free association rights of a religious organization.
We’ve already witnessed the collision between homosexual “rights” and religious liberty in a number of private businesses across the country—particularly in the wedding industry—and we knew it was just a matter of time before this same collision occurred between homosexuals and religious organizations. In anticipation of this day, the NCLL has been advising ministries for some time now to update their documents and policies to reflect their positions on marriage and human sexuality. Given this incident out of Boston, please click hereand take a moment to ensure that your ministry has implemented two of the NCLL’s recommendations for addressing this issue in the hiring context. Ministries partnering with the NCLL can also contact us for further information on other ways they can proactively address these issues in other contexts.
During the holiday season, the phones steadily rang at the NCLL with questions from pastors, churches, and individuals concerned about this case and other potentially and already problematic situations in their own churches, families, and communities. Following is a run-down of a few of the situations that your support and partnership has allowed us to help with during this last month. Our attorneys:
As we begin this New Year, we need your prayers more than ever. We fully know that it is the prayers of God’s people that keep this ministry going, and we ask you to bring the following requests before God over the next few weeks:
Thank you again for your support and your confidence in the NCLL ministry. We pray that we may be a blessing to you in 2016 as you were to us in 2015.