- Aug 20, 2011
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- Jacksonville, Fl
Obama Issues Decree That He Will Now Decide Religiosity Of Churches, And Will Take Policy Control Of Those “Not Religious” In “The Right Way”, Then Immediately Orders Leftist Thug Control Of First Victim Church at Pat Dollard
Its not enough for President Obamas National Labor Relations Board to target the Boeing plant in South Carolina. Now the NLRB thinks it can tell a church school when its not religious enough.
Most people have heard by now of NLRBs unprecedented decree that Boeing Co. cannot build a new airline production facility in South Carolina.
But Obamas NLRB is also claiming the authority to dictate labor policies and order union elections at Catholic universities if they are not religious enough.
St. Xavier University was founded in 1846, the oldest Catholic school in Illinois. Its corporate member is a Catholic body with the powers for the governance of St. Xavier, that links the University to the [Catholic] Church and makes it an officially recognized member of the Church.
St. Xaviers Board of Trustees must have at least four nuns from the order that founded the school, and, according to its bylaws, its governing body must ensure [St. Xavier] continues its educational and religious mission.
After quoting these sources and many others, NLRBs regional director concluded in true Orwellian fashion that the evidence establishes that St. Xavier is a secular educational institution or university.
To support this astounding conclusion flying in the face of the facts (not to mention common sense), NLRB claimed a 1979 Supreme Court affirms this authority.
Yet that case NLRB v. Catholic Bishop of Chicago actually says the complete opposite of what Obamas NLRB claims.
In an instance of deja vu, the Supreme Court in Catholic Bishop considered a challenge to an NLRB order asserting authority over lay teachers at Illinois Catholic high schools. (Sound familiar?)
NLRB claimed that it had no authority over a church but that it possessed power over church-related bodies that are not purely religious, such as schools. The court considered whether the National Labor Relations Act granted NLRB such power.
Noting the religious mission of Catholic schools, the Supreme Court declared, Good intentions by government can surely no more avoid entanglement with the religious mission of a school than legislation the court previously struck down as unconstitutional violations of religious liberty.
Turning to the facts of that case, the court reasoned, The church-teacher relationship in a church-operated school differs from the employment relationship in a public school. There is no escape from conflicts flowing from [NLRB's] exercise of jurisdiction over teachers in church-operated schools and the consequent serious First Amendment questions that would follow.
The court then noted that nothing in the laws language suggested NLRB has power over any church-affiliated organizations. The court invoked one of the most basic principles of American law, that a federal statute ought not to be construed to violate the Constitution if any other possible construction remains available.
Accordingly, the court held that federal law did not give NLRB the power it was claiming, so the court need not consider whether to strike down that provision. Instead, it held NLRB lacked any legal jurisdiction to judge the schools religiosity, and vacated NLRBs order.
Far from authorizing NLRBs action against St. Xavier, the ruling does the opposite of affirming the government has no such power over church schools. NLRBs contrary assertion is a frightening power grab that must be taken to court.
So economic and social conservatives now have a common problem. Obamas NLRB is being wielded as an instrument of unfettered federal power. Congress and the courts must act to end this imperial overreach.