Last week, I posted about the problems with President Obama‘s Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships. Besides the issue of existing at all (which I know a lot of people have a problem with), there are two serious concerns we should all have: The office gives grants to religious groups doing charity work (1) even if they proselytize along the way and (2) even if they discriminate against LGBT people in their hiring.
To address the proselytizing, the Office announced a proposed rule change that would ban the use of taxpayer money on any work that involves preaching. It’s a good move and I hope that rule goes into effect.
But what about allowing those faith-based groups to discriminate against LGBT people during their hiring process? Right now that’s still legal.
Today, a coalition of 130 national organizations sent a letter to President Obama asking him to fix that problem before he leaves office.