Reinforcing the wall separating church and state, the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals held May 3 that a federal court has no jurisdiction to consider an employment discrimination suit brought by a minister against her church.

The Rev. Pamela Combs sued the First United Methodist Church of Hurst and the Central Texas Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church alleging that while on maternity leave she was fired on the basis of her sex and her pregnancy in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

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