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Wisconsin Supreme Court Decision Truncates Religion

On March 14, the Wisconsin Supreme Court held that the Catholic Charities Bureau is not exempt from the state’s unemployment compensation law because the organization isn’t religious.

This decision, Catholic Charities v. Wisconsin Labor & Industry Review Commission, might at first glance seem to be yet another boring administrative matter. However, exemptions from the law can be given to religious organizations, but the court made the strange ruling that the charity — although under the active authority of a Catholic diocese — is primarily a “charitable” and “secular” organization. The plaintiffs plan to appeal the decision to the U.S. Supreme Court.

This court has recently been a major object and source of ideological division. On April 4, 2023, Janet Protasiewicz was elected to a seat, giving liberals their first majority in 15 years that was also the most expensive state Supreme Court race in American history ...