According to a judge, discriminating against people with disabilities is legal.
The ABC News article is short, but I had to read it twice because I could not believe I read it correctly the first time. When I read the article again, I immediately knew I had to share the story. According the recent ruling by a judge, everything we thought was true about disability law is not true. The general perception is the law applies to all companies and organization unless they were specifically exempt due to the age of the establishment or a few other situations. According to the judge, religious institutions are exempt from disability law.
The ruling makes two facts clear.
- A religious institution was sued because it chose to discriminate rather than accommodate a person with disabilities
- Religious institutions may discriminate against a people with disabilities
Perhaps, one of you could explain this to me. Why did a religious organization discriminate? Why did the organization feel so strongly about its position that it chose to litigate rather than accommodate? Why did the judge rule against the party representing the victim of discrimination?
According to the judge, law supports discrimination. Either the law or the ruling is wrong. There is no reason religious institutions, or anybody else, should be legally allowed to discriminate. Granting a license to discriminate is unethical regardless of whether or not laws allow it or courts enforce it.