Wednesday, March 21, 2007


Writing Religious Discrimination Into the Law

Discrimination on the basis of religious belief? Rep. Luis G. Fortuño (R-PR) thinks that's the American way. His amendment to Head Start legislation would have allowed religious organizations running Head Start centers to use federal dollars to discriminate against job applicants on the basis of their religion.

Fortunately, the amendment was defeated and funding of the religious right with taxpayer dollars was dealt a setback by the newly elected Democratic majority in the House.

"We are not going to permit Republican leaders to write discrimination into the Head Start law," said Rep. George Miller (D-CA) Chairman of the Committee on Education and Labor. "Federal dollars should never be used to promote discrimination against workers simply because of their religious beliefs."

Read more at the Secular Coalition for America website.


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