Christians Excluded From Serving on a Jury

Christians Excluded From Serving on a Jury

They were excluded due to their traditional views.

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito recently expressed concern about the decision by Missouri’s state courts to exclude Christians from serving on a particular jury because of their “traditional religious views on questions of sexual morality.” The case involves a woman who identifies as a lesbian suing the Missouri Department of Corrections for job discrimination. The US Supreme Court recently declined to review this chilling decision based on a procedural problem.

Alito rightly harkened back to the concern he mentioned when the high court legalized same-sex marriage. He said then that people who opposed homosexuality and same-sex marriage will eventually risk being unfairly “labeled as bigots and treated as such.” He was right. Religious beliefs shouldn’t exclude one from serving on a jury, just as sex and race can’t be the basis for exclusion.

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