As most readers undoubtedly know, this year, President Trump nominated Judge Neil Gorsuch to fill the vacancy on the U.S. Supreme Court left by last year’s death of Justice Scalia. Given Judge Gorsuch’s record, supporters of religious liberty should be pleased by his likely confirmation by the U.S. Senate to serve on the Supreme Court. Continue reading
Readers of this newsletter likely know that in 2015, shortly after the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision that legalized gay marriage nationwide, Brad Avakian, Oregon’s BOLI (Bureau of Labor and Industries) Commissioner, issued his Final Order in a BOLI case entitled In the Matter of Melissa Elaine Klein, dba Sweet Cakes by Melissa.
Unfortunately, child sex abuse claims against religious organizations, valid and invalid, have greatly increased over the last two decades.
There are three important things to do first if your church, religious school, or other religious organization is faced with a child sex abuse claim.
First, immediately contact an attorney and any insurance company that may provide coverage for the claim and ask that the insurer provide coverage. This is known as “tendering” your defense to an insurer, which may pay legal fees, any settlement, and any court judgment if the tender is accepted.