Should the Government Fund Religious Discrimination?
For a long time, Christian organizations have been calling on Congress to officially approve faith-based discrimination, and they’re not letting down. The question that Obama received today was why he still has not rescinded the Executive Order that gives funding to religious organizations that discriminate against atheists in hiring and firing. And of course, he spent a couple minutes giving a non-answer.
Why we continue to grant “exceptions” to people of faith surprises me. Either the Law of the Land holds in all cases (and non-discrimination requirements for federal money applies to all organizations), or there isn’t Law at all. But yet the religious continue to think that as long as they have the word “faith” somewhere in their mission statement that they can get away with anything.
The State of Illinois is taking another route. It just passed the civil unions law, and part of that law forbids funding for organizations that discriminate based on sexual orientation.
Of course, it is so common-sense and reasonable that it pisses the religious off. The numerous branches of Catholic Charities decided that it would still continue to discriminate in their adoption policies, and as a result, the state of Illinois has no choice but to sever funding for the organizations. Their foster care and numerous other services are scheduled to shut down.
Luckily, secular charities–run by normal people who do good works for their own sake–are going to pick up the slack. But it is unbelievably sad, as well as incredibly infuriating, that a group of people would only provide services as long as they can discriminate based on some instructions that they think came directly from some supernatural being.
But of course, the Catholic Charities are suing the state. That’s right, they’re suing the state of Illinois because they feel they are being denied the “right” to discriminate based on divine instructions. That, my friend, is the face of religion in a nutshell, whether you like it or not.
All of this brings up a good observation. I’ve never seen so many forces so willing to undermine the universal application of law, the concept of fair treatment and equality, and the spirit of non-discrimination–all of which are so essential to secular democracy.
But of course, all the liberal Christians are rushing to our side, right? Any day now… Any second…
Posted on July 22, 2011, in Politics, Religion and tagged Catholic Charities, faith-based initiative, Illinois civil union, Obama, obama question, Secular coalition america, separation church and state. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.