JCRL submitted an amicus brief urging the US Supreme Court to hear the case Harris Funeral Homes v. EEOC.
In this case, the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals told a funeral home owner that it recognized that he had a sincere religious objection to allowing and facilitating his biologically male employee’s wearing of women’s clothes, and that it recognized that from his perpective such actions might be theologically sinful. Nevertheless, the court insisted, it did not consider this matter sinful “as a matter of law,” and therefore religious liberty protections did not apply.
The Jewish Coalition for Religious Liberty urges the Supreme Court to review and reverse this dangerous decision. Courts are neither qualified nor authorized to decide, “as a matter of law,” what constitutes sinful behavior. If courts engage in this practice, it is likely to disproportionately hurt members of minority faiths. Courts may be less likely to be familiar with, or sympathetic to, the unusual practices of minority faiths.
Our brief is available at the following link.