Arvada-based Christian school Faith Christian Academy is currently seeking a ministerial exception from the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Tucker v. Faith Bible Chapel International, which …
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Arvada-based Christian school Faith Christian Academy is currently seeking a ministerial exception from the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Tucker v. Faith Bible Chapel International, which concerns the 2018 termination of former Faith Christian Academy teacher Gregg Tucker from FCA’s high school.
Tucker was a teacher and chapel director at the school — which has a student body of about 1,000 students — from 2000 until February 2018. Tucker alleges he was fired in response to a chapel meeting he organized on Jan. 12, 2018, addressing “a number of disturbing incidents of racism,” according to a letter he wrote on Jan. 6, 2018.
Faith Bible Chapel used what is called an interlocutory appeal before a trial court could reach a decision in the case, arguing that the ministerial exception — a doctrine that bars the application of anti-discrimination laws to ministers employed by religious organizations — is meant to protect religious organizations from the scrutiny of a jury trial.
To better understand the facts and implications of this case, the Arvada Press talked to experts on legal protections offered to religious institutions and how those might be broadened or redefined by the case of Tucker v. Faith Bible Chapel International.
Q&A with Association of Christian Schools International
Q&A with Hassan Kanu of Reuters
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