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Taxpayers Funding Employment Discrimination By Religious Groups

Taxpayers Funding Employment Discrimination By Religious Groups

Listen to the Catholic Bishops and there’s an all out assault on religious liberty and freedom in this country. But if that’s the case, what’s with all the tax payer dollars going to support organizations that discriminate by hiring only Christians?

Crisis Pregnancy Centers can legally refuse to hire non-Christians if they are privately funded. But in some cases, they do so and  receive federal funds. And as Sophia Resnick reports, these are not isolated incidents.

Thanks to a Bush-era rule, and one that remains in place thanks to the Obama administration, recipients of federal funds can discriminate in hiring staff based on religion in a practice spun by supporters as “co-religionist hiring.” Candidate Obama had promised to do away with that rule but caved after political pressure from evangelical leaders.

Still think President Obama is anti-religion?

The attacks launched against Planned Parenthood and the contraception mandate depend on embracing an idea that taxpayer dollars should not go to support those programs even though funding streams are kept segregating. But crisis pregnancy centers, which offer spiritual counseling are entirely religious and do not segregate funding. And they promote an agenda that is squarely antagonist to democratic principles of equality of opportunity.

So that means that for the time being there is no way to guarantee that taxpayer dollars are not going to fund sectarian religious activity and that the rights of those who receive services from those taxpayer-funded organizations aren’t violated in the process.

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6:58PM PDT on May 1, 2012

The U.S. remained more religious than Europe or Asia precisely because it did not have a national church. When one's religion of birth reveals itself as thinly veiled superstition there is always another to replace it.

The recent political alliances between the various christian denominations have reduced the observable differences among their doctrines. That increases the potential that a thinking person might reject all at once.

Fundamentalists are perhaps 5% in Japan and believers (not just social adherents) are perhaps 10%. The percentages in Europe are only slightly higher. Today's twenty-somethings are similar in belief to those in Europe and Japan. When the old fundamentalists die, few will replace them. Atheists are the fastest rising category in spite of social discrimmination.

The religious see a war on religion because so many factors in modern society are against them. Increased education, greater affluence, greater literacy, better medical care, smaller families etc. reduce the motivation. The explosion of scientific knowledge offers a more credible alternative. Even their pre-teens put "talking snakes" in the same basket with Santa Clause and the Easter Bunny.

... and it was all good.

5:08PM PDT on Apr 27, 2012

Green Star to Jane B for telling some home truths. And telling it like it is.

4:44PM PDT on Apr 27, 2012

How can anyone proudly place huge implements of torture on the roofs of their places of worship and over alters (which were designed for sacrifice), then kneel down and idolize it? How can they make jewelry in the shape of these implements and wear them around their necks? How can they place them at the end of a string of prayer beads (the rosary) and pray with it? Do they forget what crucifixes were used for, and how many thousands of people were killed on them? Would they place a guillotine or a burnng stake on top of a building and pray to that? They dwell on dark energy and yet they tell us religion is about peace.

4:34PM PDT on Apr 27, 2012

Suzanne L, I agree with you but it's not we who are moving further to the left. It just seems that way because politics are moving gradually but definitely further to the right in every way but particularly with their war on women's rights, and fact that they've gone soft on religious extremists who incite hatred.

4:28PM PDT on Apr 27, 2012

Co-religionist hiring should go both ways then. We should also be able to legally hire secular employees only.

6:08AM PDT on Apr 27, 2012

Pat M, what you said-TRIPLE!!!!

2:03PM PDT on Apr 26, 2012

Some good posts here today. Just leave women alone. Keep religion out of the State. Since they are inserting themselves into the State 'Tax their wealth at 30%. Vote out the crazy tea party Republicans. Stop the obscene amounts of money buying our elections. Overturn the hideous decision by the right wing Supreme Court 'Citizens United' the worst decision in decades. Tell the worst SC judge, Clarence Thomas, to recuse himself from the Health Care Act of the Health Care decision since his wife is an activist with the tea party to overturn the law. Stop busting Unions, and respect workers rights. Respect gay rights, and women's rights. And so much more that has occurred because of the relations between the church and the tea party Republicans.

12:53PM PDT on Apr 26, 2012

I used to be a live and let live kinda person, but with the outing of child abuse and lack of remorseful and appropriate response by the Catholic church and the strident political moves and rhetoric that's arisen during the last couple of years with the ultra right, I find myself moving further and further left. I think it's time for some changes to be made and I think Pam M. has named quite a few that I'd support. Tax the churches, 0 tolerance for proseyltizing, no home schooling, etc.

12:39PM PDT on Apr 26, 2012

to finish...There should be no religious icons on public property. These people have land everywhere. Let them stay on their own land.
No home schooling. All children have to go through public education.
No creationism taught in public school.
No public money spent for anything religious.
All these things and more need to be reined in.
No politics in churches. in 2008 they prayed Obama would die. They are backing, with their money, agendas all over America, that are un-American. There should be zero tolerance for church involvement in national politics.
No proselytizing.
The Bush administration gave them a superior complex and there needs to be an attitude adjustment.
First elect Obama. He has started to stand up to them while no one else has.

12:38PM PDT on Apr 26, 2012

to finish...There should be no religious icons on public property. These people have land everywhere. Let them stay on their own land.
No home schooling. All children have to go through public education.
No creationism taught in public school.
No public money spent for anything religious.
All these things and more need to be reined in.
No politics in churches. in 2008 they prayed Obama would die. They are backing, with their money, agendas all over America, that are un-American. There should be zero tolerance for church involvement in national politics.
No proselytizing.
The Bush administration gave them a superior complex and there needs to be an attitude adjustment.
First elect Obama. He has started to stand up to them while no one else has.

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