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STATED CLERK FILES BRIEF IN COLLEGE HIRING CASE
05 May 1996 08:37:58
95265 STATED CLERK FILES BRIEF IN COLLEGE HIRING CASE
by Jerry L. Van Marter
LOUISVILLE, Ky.--Stated Clerk the Rev. James E. Andrews has filed an amicus
curiae brief supporting a denominationally-related college's right to limit
faculty to members of a particular denomination or faith.
Andrews' July 24 action, filed in the 11th circuit U.S. Court of
Appeals, supports the Southern Baptist Convention in the case of Siegel v.
The college, closely affiliated with the Georgia Baptist Convention,
has a policy requiring that all its faculty be Christians. Andrews' brief
focuses on the right of such an institution to set such a standard.
In the brief Andrews stated that the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) has
always claimed autonomy in matters relating to employees with respect to
its own internal affairs. He cited a 1988 General Assembly policy
statement, "God Alone is Lord of the Conscience," as the most recent
affirmation of that position.
"Determining who should teach at a church related educational
institution should not be the subject of government regulation," Andrews
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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