Nan Hunter

Obama extends Bush policy on religious group discrimination

Filed By Nan Hunter | January 04, 2011 3:30 PM | comments

Filed in: Politics
Tags: religion and gay rights

Virtually unnoticed by the press, President Obama issued an Executive Order in November establishing criteria for federal agency funding of socialjesus091106_228x411.jpg services provided by religious organizations. Executive Order 13559 modified Executive Order 13279, the much criticized 2002 order issued by President Bush. The new order made no changes to policies established by President Bush on the issue of religious bias in hiring by faith-based charities that receive federal funds.

Under both the Bush and Obama orders, religious organizations receiving public funds are allowed to discriminate on the basis of religion in their employment policies. Also under both orders, funding recipients are prohibited from discriminating against beneficiaries on the basis of religious affiliation or belief or the refusal to hold a belief or to attend services.

Under Title VII, religious organizations have long had the same kind of exemption allowing them to discriminate based on religion in their hiring and firing decisions. However, the Bush and now the Obama executive orders have extended that exemption to include organizations that are supported with government funds.

The Obama order did add provisions requiring federal agencies to provide alternatives for people who do not want to receive social services from religious groups and to list recipient organizations on agency web sites.


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Oh goody... So tell me again how Obama is different from Bush? ....at least he's better than McCain.

Bill Perdue Bill Perdue | January 5, 2011 3:59 PM

Obama is not better at all. The key difference is that Obama smiles while stabbing you in the back and McCain growls when he does it. DADT repeal, when if happens, will not end anti-GLBT military violence, discrimination and harassment.

The hate crimes bill will never be used against the pope, McClurkin or Obama's bbf Rick Warren. It's worthleass.

Brad Bailey | January 4, 2011 6:18 PM

Obama extended the wars, extended the Patriot Act, extended the Wall Street bailouts, extended the Bush tax cuts for the wealthiest 2% of Americans who own 49% of the wealth, and now this.

I'm beginning to believe it no longer matters who's in office. We'll continue to be raped financially by the military-industrial complex, big business and the Fed. All egged on by the Religious Right.

We're heading for a big fall that no one can stop.

I'm surprised this story isn't getting more traction, what with the hissy fit some people threw back when Obama first suggested continuing faith-based initiatives.

Bill Perdue Bill Perdue | January 5, 2011 4:00 PM

Democrats are gearing up for 2012 and the excuse mongering is already beginning.

Paul in Canada | January 5, 2011 10:20 AM

This is just sickening!