The Faith-Based Fun Never Ends
Says Bush: No Discriminating Against Religious Discrimination
Plus: Why Do Gay People Hate the Poor?
From today's Washington Post ("Bush Backs Religious Charities On Hiring: Hill Is Urged to Ease Bias Rules on Groups That Get U.S. Funds"):
President Bush called on Congress yesterday to make it easier for federally funded religious groups to base their hiring decisions on a job candidate's religion and sexual orientation.Sorry, but I can't see how hiring someone gay or of another religion would really interfere with federally funded goals and missions, as those goals and missions presumably don't involve telling gay people and people of other religions they're going to fry in everylasting fire. But Bush is trying to make it sound like he wants to give money to antigay religious organizations because he CARES SO MUCH about the poor (and by extension, people who complain about antigay discrimination must HATE the poor!):
A White House position paper sent to Capitol Hill argues that "religious hiring rights" are part of religious organizations' civil rights. "When they receive federal funds, they should retain their right to hire those individuals who are best able to further their organizations' goals and mission," the document says.
H. James Towey, director of the White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives, said in an interview that he found great confusion about hiring laws when he met with officials of charities throughout the country. "It's been abundantly clear that the religious hiring issue is a real barrier for a lot of faith-based organizations," Towey said. "And if faith-based organizations are deterred from providing services, the real losers are the poor."Right, because gay people are incapable of serving soup or working with the homeless. Anyway, if Bush cared so much about the poor, he would have spent a few of those billions that went to tax cuts and bombing the hell out of Afghanistan and Iraq on programs for relieving and ending poverty and homelessness.