The License of Religious Groups to Discriminate In Choo
MAULE.Prof.Law at LAW.VILL.EDU
Mon Jan 26 17:42:24 PST 1998
Michael McConnell <michael.mcconnell at LAW.UTAH.EDU> writes
> Being black is not relevant to whether an ordained minister
> in the Presbyterian church would be a good pastor.
For me, that is true. I'm more concerned about a lot of other things.
Yet there are people who objected to the retention of female
ministers because they felt that the person's gender stood in the way
of a good rapport with their minister. (Oddly, there were (and I
suppose still are) both men and women who said things of this sort,
even though one supposes there are women, and men, who would find a
better rapport with a female minister). Suppose a congregation chose
to select an otherwise less qualified male for the pastoral position?
The response, I suppose, is that even if there is judicial
jurisdiction, male "genderness" is a qualification that the female
minister totally lacks. If so, I suppose the same applies to race.
There is something of a personal characteristic involved in the
retention of a pastor -- not unlike the selection of a friend,
paramour, spouse, or other intimate.
As a practical matter, the larger churches are in a position to have
a more diverse pastoral staff. That is not true of the smaller
congregations who can afford only one pastor.
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