On October 3, 2011 the U.S. Supreme Court elected not to hear a case involving World Vision, a non-profit Christian organization. World Vision asserted in Sylvia Spencer et al v. World Vision that it has the right to hire or dismiss employees based on their religious beliefs, and a August 2010 decision by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco agreed. The denial of hearing means that decision will stand.
In a press release, World Vision U.S. president Richard Sterns said: “Today's action by the U.S. Supreme Court represents a major victory for the freedom of all religious organizations to hire employees who share the same faith--whether Muslim, Buddhist, Jewish, Christian, or any other religion. I am pleased, relieved and gratified with the court's action. After four years of litigation, we at World Vision U.S. may now put this matter behind us, and continue our policy of hiring Christians."