More than 100 religious groups are whining because new legislation may “prohibit them from receiving federal money if they consider a job applicant’s religion when hiring.”
Cry me a fucking river.
“Those four lines in the legislation would be a seismic change in bedrock civil rights law for religious organizations,” said Steven McFarland, chief legal counsel at World Vision USA, a Christian aid organization that is leading the protest. “The impact would be huge and severely affect our ability to help children and others in need.”
No, it wouldn’t. Believe it or not, non-Christians also want to help children and others in need.
If you don’t want to hire those people, that’s your decision. But if you want to discriminate, then federal money shouldn’t be supporting your group.
At least some groups have the sense to support this legislation:
The Coalition Against Religious Discrimination, whose members include the American Civil Liberties Union, the Hindu American Foundation and the N.A.A.C.P., has been pushing Congress to eliminate charitable choice altogether for many years, and it said the pending bill did not go far enough.
It doesn’t go far enough at all. There’s no reason religious groups should be getting federal money at all. But if they’re going to use it to provide social services, they certainly shouldn’t be allowed to enforce their religious views in the process.