The other day, this court decision was posted on JWN along with a link to the court document, but few expected the media to pick up the story. So to all involved, I understand it was a surprise to see the story in print. Personally, I found the National Post's reporter's comments very interesting.
"Courts can overturn religious edicts when churches act unfairly, according to the Alberta Court of Appeal, which has allowed a Calgary real estate agent to challenge his shunning, or “disfellowship,” from a community of Jehovah’s Witnesses.
But the court’s decision was split, 2-1, as the dissenting judge decided the church is less like a public company and more like a private “bridge club,” which may choose whomever it pleases as a member. That means the case may now be appealed to the Supreme Court, which last addressed this issue 25 years ago when it sided with a man expelled from a Hutterite colony." READ MORE: