GOVERNMENT REFUSES TO INTERFERE IN CHURCH STAFFING DECISION
Released: Monday, August 21, 2017
In 2015, a Presbyterian church in Kentucky fired their minister for the mishandling of church funds. The minister in turn filed a defamation of character lawsuit against the church. The Kentucky Court of Appeals, however, ruled in the church's favor, stating that the government has no right to tell churches who their leaders should or should not be. VAIB stands with churches in cases such as this, as it "takes the religious mission out of the church's hands and puts it in the hands of the government – and that's prohibited by the First Amendment."
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