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RALEIGH, N.C. — The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association said Wednesday it never discriminated against a black employee and argued her lawsuit should be dismissed because it would mark interference in the internal workings of a religious organization.
Attorneys for the association argued that former employee Kimberly McCallum failed to contend that the job she lost remained open or was given to another person - often a key to discrimination cases. They also said churches have autonomy that bars the courts from interfering in its organization's internal affairs.
"Such an inquiry by the courts would be an impermissible entanglement into the affairs of a religious organization," the attorneys wrote in their motion to dismiss the case that was released Wednesday.
McCallum, who is from Charlotte, claims she was abruptly fired in 2007 after complaining that the organization was not reaching out to black churches. She argued that a list of 635 prospective church partners had only three memberships that were primarily black, and McCallum said it was apparent that black churches were excluded from the document.
She tried to get other jobs at the association but was blocked from other positions and had a later job offer revoked, according to the complaint. The lawsuit seeks a job reinstatement, back pay and damages for what she describes as discrimination because of her race. Read More
With out all the details or facts of the case that come out in court hearings I will reserve judgment on the case but the fact that a religious organization that is given tax exempt status by the Federal government, would claim in its argument to have a discrimination case thrown out of court, that it is not subject to federal civil rights laws due to separation of Church and State, and therefore theoretically free to discriminate is troubling to say the least. That is basically what they are arguing. - Scotty Reid