How Do You Define “Minister”?

CatholicSchoolIn light of the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision, in which “closely held,” for-profit corporations now seem to have religious rights, it raises some questions about the extent to which employers can determine elements of their employees’ behavior — whether on the job or not.Case in point: consider this story; what would motivate one to define “minister” so widely as to include Catholic school teachers in the category? Should your employer be able to dictate how you live your life outside the workplace? And why would any employer get to be exempt from federal laws that apply to the rest of us?

Or is the institution of carefully tailored exemptions the only way to make laws work (for without them would any laws even get passed)?

Give it a listen and tell me what you think.