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Wednesday, November 6, 2013
Passage of Non-discrimnation Act Would Ingrain Religious Discrimination
Passage of Non-discrimination Act
Would Ingrain Religious Discrimination
this amendment should pass all with the main corpus of the bill it
would mean business-as-usual for the flat-earth churches, schools, and
other **non-religious** employers who only have a tenuous claim to
religious work. This is the same tactic being used to evade female
employee reproductive health care coverage by Hobby Lobby and other
corporations owned by flat-earthers but who are **not** in the religious
business as a 501(c)3 tax-exempt IRS classification.
clip The New York Times also rips the religious exemptions in the bill:
The Employment Nondiscrimination Act, however, has a significant
flaw — a terribly broad religious exemption. The exemption would extend
beyond churches and other houses of worship to any religiously
affiliated institution, like hospitals and universities, and would allow
those institutions to discriminate against people in jobs with no
religious function, like billing clerks, cafeteria workers and medical
personnel. The exemption — which was inserted to appease some opponents
who say the act threatens religious freedom — is a departure from the
approach of earlier civil rights laws. And though the law would protect
millions of workers from bias, the exemption would give a stamp of
legitimacy to the very sort of discrimination the act is meant to end.
Any attempt to further enlarge the exemption should be rejected.
further clip Despite these unprecedented religious protections, Catholics are still trying to kill the bill.
Think Progress reports:
The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has come out
against the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, asserting that
discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity is
essential to Catholics’ religious liberty. In a letter to Senators, the
Bishops claimed to oppose discrimination, but then explained why they
cannot support ENDA. Here are the five reasons they cite:
There Is No Exemption For “Bona Fide Occupational Qualifications”: With
the exception of race, other protected classes like sex, religion, and
national origin allow for discrimination in the case of “bona fide
occupational qualifications” (BFOO), essentially leaving room for jobs
in which a particular identity is necessary to perform the job. The
Bishops argue that this exemption must be extended to sexual
orientation, asserting that there are cases “where it is neither unjust
nor inappropriate to consider an applicant’s sexual inclinations.” In
other words, the Church should be free to discriminate against employees
based on their private sexual behavior because some jobs require
heterosexuality. They cite no such examples.