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Stated Clerk Files Amicus Curiae Briefs
04 May 1996 19:49:41
95418 Stated Clerk Files Amicus Curiae Briefs
by Jerry L. Van Marter
LOUISVILLE, Ky.--General Assembly stated clerk the Rev. James E. Andrews
has filed amicus curiae briefs in court cases in Wisconsin and Texas. Both
briefs were filed Nov. 1.
In the Texas case, United States Catholic Conference and National
Conference of Catholic Bishops v. The Honorable Anne Ashby, Andrews argued
that the First Amendment to the Constitution prohibits secular courts from
instructing a church on what its own polity means.
Judge Ashby is presiding over a misconduct case involving a Roman
Catholic priest. She has asked the two Roman Catholic agencies to turn
over all their files to the plaintiffs in the case. The church agencies
are arguing that to do so would violate church polity and structure.
Andrews' brief supported the church's contention.
The Wisconsin case, State of Wisconsin v. Miller, involves the state's
insistence that the Amish display slow-moving vehicle emblems on their
horse-drawn buggies. The Amish community has objected to such a
requirement on the grounds that it violates their religious beliefs. Using
the Religous Freedom Restoration Act in their defense, the Amish contend
that they can provide the same safety standard by using reflectors on their
Andrews' brief did not speak to the merits of the case but expressed
support for the constitutionality of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.
For more information contact Presbyterian News Service
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Louisville, KY 40202
phone 502-569-5504 fax 502-569-8073
E-mail PCUSA.NEWS@pcusa.org Web page: http://www.pcusa.org
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