A Love Supreme - Religious Freedom vs. Americans with Disabilities Act

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Aasif Mandvi reports from Washington, DC, on the Supreme Court's unanimous decision recognizing a "ministerial exception" to employment discrimination laws. (3:49)

IN THE MIDWEST, THE

HEARTLAND.

SO BUT IT'S NOT ALL DIRTY

TALK AND SEXY TIME AT THE

SUPREME COURT THEY ARE ALSO

DABBLING IN WEIGHTIER FIRST

AMENDMENT ISSUES SUCH AS.

>> IS THERE SOMETHING

DIFFERENT ABOUT THE WAY A

CHURCH MANAGINGS ITS

EMPLOYEES THAT THE

GOVERNMENT CAN'T TOUCH, AND

A WOMAN WHO WAS A TEACHER AT

A LUTHERAN SCHOOL IN

MICHIGAN DEVELOPED A DISEASE

KNOWN AS NARCOLEPSY WHICH

CAUSED ANOTHER FALL INTO

PERIODS OF DEEP SLEEP.

SO SHE LEFT FOR TREATMENT.

WHEN THEY CAME BACK THE

CHURCH SAID SORRY, WE DON'T

HAVE ANY OPENINGS.

>> Jon: MOST PLACES CAN'T

FIRE SOMEONE BECAUSE THEY

HAVE NARCOLEPSY, THE

AMERICAN WITH DISABILITIES

ACT BUT CAN A CHURCH.

IT'S ON.

RELIGIOUS FREEDOM V THE

AMERICANS WITH DISABILITY

ACT.

THERE IS ONLY THREE WAYS IT

CAN GO.

EITHER 5-4 OR 4-5 OR MAYBE 4

AND A HALF, 4 AND A HALF.

>> WE HAVE SOME BREAKING

NEWS FOUR OUT OF THE SUPREME

COURT IN A UNANIMOUS

DECISION THE JUSTICES RULED

THAT A TEACHER FIRED FOR A

DISABILITY FROM A RELIGIOUS

SCHOOL CANNOT SUE.

>> 9-0 WITH THE COURT LIB

RAMS JOINING THE

CONSERVATIVES.

NONE OF THE LIBERALS EVEN

WROTE SEPARATELY TO SAY A

PEEP ABOUT THIS DECISION.

THEY OBVIOUSLY AGREED IN IT

SO MUCH.

>> WHOA, 9-0.

THESE JUDGES WERE 8-1 ON

WHETHER WORK SUKD OR NOT.

GINSBURG IS ALL IT WAS LIKE

A MODERN DAY BOSUM BUDDY.

IT'S LIKE PUSY TIMES 2, WE

NEED THESE SHOWS.

MORE MORE ON THE RELIGIOUS

ENG, EXEMPTION STORY WE GO

TO AASIF MANDVI.

WHAT IS THE REACTION TO THIS

WHAT IS THE REACTION TO THIS

DECISION.

>> WELL, JON, BIG WINNERS

HERE ARE RELIGIOUS FREEDOM

ADVOCATES.

THEY ARE THRILLED!

>> THAT'S THEIR RELIGIOUS

DECISION.

RESPECT THEIR RELIGION AND

RESPECT THE --

>> THE DETERMINATION

RELIGIOUS LIBERTY TRUMPS

ALL.

HANDS-OFF.

>> WOW.

>> SO BIG HALLELUJAH WENT UP

ACROSS THE COUNTRY.

>> YOU HEAR THAT, JON.

HALL A LIEU LA.

>> Jon: YOU SEEM PRETTY

CHIPPER YOURSELF, AASIF.

>> CHIPPER NO, I'M NOT

CHIPPER.

>> Jon: ARE YOU, ARE YOU

SMILING.

>> WELL, I JUST FIND TIN

DIEGO-- INTRIGUING THAT THE

NINE JUSTICES IN THEIR

WISDOM UNANIMOUSLY AGREED

THAT RELIGIOUS LAW CAN

OVERRIDE CIVIL LAW, WHETHER

IT'S A LUTHERAN ORR ABINICAL

COUNCIL OR THE IMAM OF A

MOSQUE.

>> Jon: WLOE, I SEE WHERE

YOU ARE GOING, NO, NO, MY

FRIEND, FORGET IT.

>> WHAT DID YOU SAY.

>> Jon: YOU ARE SAYING THIS

DECISION PAVES THE WAY FOR

THE SHARIA LAW HERE IN

AMERICA WITH THE HALLA PART.

>> I'M JUST SAYING, FOR

INSTANCE THERE IS THIS MOSS

INCOME FLORIDA WHERE A JUDGE

TRIED TO USE SHARIA LAW TO

SOLVE A DISPUTE BETWEEN

MUSLIMS.

>> Jon: TOTALLY DIFFERENT

SITUATION.

>> WHY?

>> Jon: YOU MUSLIM --

>> MUSLIMS ARE SCARY.

>> SO YOU SAY LUTHERANS CAN

USE THE CHURCH TO SOLVE

THEIR DISPUTES BUT A MOSQUE

CAN'T USE THEIR RELIGIOUS

LAW.

>> Jon: NO, NO, AASIF, NO-- YES.

>> WHY?

>> Jon: LUTHERANS ARE VERY

EASY GOING.

THEY CELEBRATE CHRISTMAS,

WEAR SWEATER VEST, FROM WHAT

I UNDERSTAND THEY LOVE PARK.

I JUST THINK THAT THE

SCARIEST LUTHERAN THEY ONLY

HAVE IS WILLIAM H. MACY

WHO'S AWESOME.

>> YEAH, YEAH, NOW.

BUT BY NOW HE'S 95 FEET FROM

THE CATHEDRAL DOOR, MARTIN

LUTHER PARTS EUROPE IN A

CENTURY OF BLOODY RELIGIOUS

WAR AND ALL WE HAD WAS ALL

HE HAD WAS A HAMMER AND

STATIONERY, JUST IMAGINE

WHAT THEY WILL DO WITH THE

FULL FORCE OF THE SUPREME

COURT BEHIND THEM.

TODAY IT'S FIRING TEACHERS.

TOMORROW IT IS FORCING YOUR

KIDS TO LISTEN PRAYERIE HOME

COMPANION IN SCHOOLS.

(APPLAUSE)

>> Jon: NEVER GOING HAPPEN.

THANK YOU, AASIF.

>> MARK MY WORD

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