Court: Church can't be sued in exorcism
A divided Texas Supreme Court ruled in favor of a former Colleyville church Friday, saying church members who were involved in a traumatic exorcism that ultimately injured a young woman are protected by the First Amendment.
In a 6-3 decision, the court ruled that the Pleasant Glade Assembly of God staffs efforts to cast out demons from Laura Schubert presents an ecclesiastical dispute over religious conduct that would unconstitutionally entangle the court in church doctrine.
Schubert described a wild night in 1996 that involved casting out demons from the church and two attempts to exorcise demons from her. The incident left Schubert physically bruised and so emotionally scarred she later tried to commit suicide. She was 17 at the time.
Justice David Medina, writing for the majority, said that while Schuberts argument regarding physical injuries might be tried without mentioning religion, her case was mostly about her emotional or psychological injuries from a religious activity that was sanctioned by the church.
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#1 Jun 28, 2008
I wonder if this would have even gotten into court if the Catholic church was involved. Some lawyer just saw a chance to make money and figured the Church of God would settle rather than fight. They are afraid of the big ole powerful Catholic church but figured that they could fleece the less powerful church and slam their religious beliefs at the same time. The lawyer may even be Catholic.
#2 Jun 28, 2008
Excuse me....I should have said "Assembly of God."
#3 Jun 30, 2008
OK, what if the case involved "Honor killings" some extremist Muslim sects practice against their daughters? The issue is if the church has kept the U.S. laws, and in most communities women are considered PEOPLE and should not be beaten. If a church's practices break the law, then the church should pay.
Maybe you don't think girls are equal human beings. What if it was a young man who was assaulted in the name of God? What nonsense!
I'm glad my family moved out of Texas if this Supreme Court speaks for reason.
#4 Jul 1, 2008
Look at the ruling made in favor of the church in the FLDS case. I didn't like that...I think that some of the children are at risk.
And it has nothing to do with the sex of the person who was injured.
Now, go back and read the entire post. They did not rule that the injury could not be compensated. Her attorneys brought the suit against the church for the exorcism...not the injury. It was an attack by the attorneys against the church and not for compensating the young woman for her injury. They just wanted to be recognized for setting a legal president against the church...the injury meant very little to them.
When you sue you should sue for the right thing.
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