We were rather displeased to stumble on a decision by the UK’s Employment Appeal Tribunal that basically allows ministers to fight dismissal because they are employees of the church. This decision is especially disconcerting when it takes place in one’s own church.
Putting ministers into this category–especially in Europe–will insure that it is impossible to dismiss less than optimal ministers. The non-existence of employment at will in Europe is one of the reasons why their economic systems have the large number of structural rigidities they have. (That includes the large number of people they have on the dole.)
It is also an attack on religious freedom. For example, suppose a minister is dimissed because he or she has gone liberal (in the Church of England, who would know the difference?) Would a government that leans in that direction sympathise with that? Hardly.