Keep faith-based hiring discrimination, religious leaders tell Obama

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Leith Anderson is president of the National Association of Evangelicals and former senior pastor of Wooddale Church in Eden Prairie, Minn.

Leith Anderson is president of the National Association of Evangelicals and former senior pastor of Wooddale Church in Eden Prairie, Minn.

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(RNS) The request comes less than a month after a coalition of religious and secular organizations sent Obama a letter saying the current policy will tarnish his legacy of fair and equal treatment for all Americans.

  • Larry

    Because discriminatory hiring practices serves the general public good so well. /sarcasm

    Its time to do away with the Federal Faith Based Charity program. It represents an entanglement with religion which only leads to violations of the Establishment Clause. The needs of religious charities to discriminate (and proselytize) does not mesh with the government’s mandate to serve all citizens. Keep religious charities private.

    Cut them from the government purse strings and let them discriminate all they want as private organizations. If they don’t want to play by Caesar’s rules, they don’t have to take Caesar’s coin.

  • “Religious staffing by religious organizations is protected …. is not somehow waived or otherwise lost simply by the receipt of government funds.”

    WRONG WRONG WRONG!

    OUR Government funds must not be funneled to Leprechaun Councils and Mermaid Cults. Ending this faith based vestige of the Christian-Sharia Bush-Cheney years is urgent.

    Unlike other Bush-Sharia boondoggles which will wound us for decades; Iraq & Guantanamo – this one can go away with the stroke of a pen. Religion is a public nuisance of bigotries and incivilities – its like a pub which won’t stop serving drunks after hours.

    “It would be the best of all possible worlds if there were no religion in it” – John Adams

    “In no instance have..the churches been guardians of the liberties of the people.”
    – James Madison

    If religion can’t survive without government help, too bad.

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  • George Nixon Shuler

    Faith-based initiatives were always a bad idea; they compromise the church as well as the state. We can operate as nonprofits and that’s good enough. Those who discriminate in hiring staff deserve not one penny of tax dollars.