Friday, March 04, 2005

Battling Your Best Defender

Today on the local TV news here in Colorado Springs there was a section on religious liberties and views expressed fairly I might add, from the religious right concerning the ACLU and the harm they have done to religious history and religious founding in our history and the keeping of that heritage in our society. I understand the views of religious peoples to keep and hold their pride, and in my opinion that is what they are doing holding their pride above others the little few ones that might be different to them in religious culture. Society’s public concerns are for those many inclusive of others of differences not exclusive to the majority being Christian undoubtedly across these nations’ cities, towns and county seats.
The bible says something about pride; ol wives tales says some things about pride. Maybe those with granny sayings or biblical knowledge can give light on pride. Being proud is a good thing but sometimes a bad thing.
I feel it is entirely up to the concerned community of a community to hold its own heritage, not the whole of society to keep one community its heritage. If Christians want to claim the creation of a sustainable democracy within a republic they should educate them selves about individual rights and how those rights namely religious freedom rights help hold their own rights to free expression stay in tact, and allows for them whom ever and what ever religious doctrine they study from free, up held by this nations laws. Other wise this nation’s law might be guided by a different religion other than that which they choose to worship thru.

Americans United Criticizes House Approval Of 'Faith-Based' Job Bias
House-Passed Bill Would Allow Religious Discrimination In Federal Job-Training Programs

Thursday, March 3, 2005
House-Passed Bill Would Allow Religious Discrimination In Federal Job-Training Programs

Americans United for Separation of Church and State says the House of Representatives was wrong to approve a job-training bill that would allow publicly funded religious agencies to hire and fire workers based on their religious beliefs.
Americans United had urged the House to reject the Job Training Improvement Act unless it was amended to ensure that workers could not be discriminated against on religious grounds in federally supported social service programs.
On Wednesday evening, the House voted 224-200 for the bill, after turning down an amendment to protect the civil rights of workers.
"The House vote is a stark reminder that our civil rights and civil liberties are in peril," said the Rev. Barry W. Lynn, executive director of Americans United. "For years, this job training law has protected the religious liberty of all employees. Now, that protection is being jeopardized.
"The battle is not over yet," Lynn continued. "We believe the Senate will not be willing to jettison these long-standing civil rights protections."
U.S. Rep. Robert C. Scott (D-Va.) introduced an amendment to restore civil rights protections to the bill. His proposal was defeated by the House on a 239-186 vote that fell largely along party lines.
In a Feb. 15 letter to representatives, Americans United's Lynn reminded lawmakers that when President Ronald Reagan signed the job-training bill into law in 1982 it contained the safeguards against employment discrimination based on religion.
"This twenty-three year old provision has worked well since the inception of this program, allowing religious organizations to provide government-funded services while maintaining America's bedrock commitment to protecting both civil rights and religious liberty," Lynn wrote.
Lynn said he hoped the Senate would show greater concern for workers' civil rights.
"We call on the Senate to restore to the nation's job-training bill civil rights protections for all Americans," Lynn said.
Americans United is a religious liberty watchdog group based in Washington, D.C. Founded in 1947, the organization educates Americans about the importance of church-state separation in safeguarding religious freedom.


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Blogger Wonder said...

While religious organizations, including houses of worship, are permitted -- with their own private funds -- to limit their hiring to people of their religion or religious beliefs under the religious exemption to Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, religious institutions must not engage in discrimination when using taxpayer funds to administer government services. The underlying premise of The Faith Based Initiative is that religious institutions -- such as houses of worship -- that utilize the Title VII exemption from the prohibition on religious employment discrimination should be able to both receive government funding and be able to discriminate in government-funded positions.

Taxpayer dollars should not be used to discriminate against someone because of their religion or religious beliefs. It is both unconstitutional and morally wrong. This initiative constitutes a huge step backwards on civil rights protections in our country.

The Faith Based Initiative is not necessary to foster partnerships between religiously affiliated groups and the government. For decades, there has been an effective relationship between government and religiously affiliated institutions for the provision of community-based social services. These partnerships have allowed religiously affiliated organizations to provide invaluable social services in communities throughout the nation while maintaining critical safeguards. These organizations, such as Catholic Charities, Lutheran Services, United Jewish Communities and numerous others, separate religious activities from their social services offerings, follow all civil rights laws, follow all state and local rules and standards and do not discriminate in staffing. There is no reason to remove these effective safeguards.

The Faith Based Initiative allows proselytization of people seeking help. While "no funds" should be expended for sectarian worship, instruction or proselytization, it still allows for proselytization of government beneficiaries in the program by privately paid employees of the institution. For example, a victim of domestic violence who seeks help through a government-funded religious program could be proselytized or coerced into staying with the spouse (due to the tenets of that religion) as long as the employee engaging in the activity is paid with private funds.

The Faith Based Initiative distracts attention from the real issue of providing adequate federal resources to address the problems of poverty. This will pit religious institutions, secular nonprofit charities and public agencies against each other in a competition for a declining share of funds for human services programs. It will divert funds away from public agencies and current nonprofit providers; undermine current programs; and create a false illusion of "doing more with less."

Fri Mar 04, 02:08:00 AM EST  
Blogger Wonder said...
those who tend to support the fight against Seperation of Church and State tend to be white, and support eugenics. H. Bush as Texas Senator wrote a bill on eugenics during his first term I think. Great White Way I call it.

Future Generations is about humanitarian eugenics.
Humanitarian eugenics strives to leave a genuine legacy
of love to future generations: good health, high intelligence,
and noble character. We advocate measures to improve the innate
quality of humankind which are entirely voluntary. Please be forewarned
that most ideas expressed on this website are "politically incorrect." We aspire
to total honesty, believing that it is the only policy for people with integrity,
and furthermore, that in the long run, honesty is far-and-away the most compassionate
policy. If we ever hope to solve the problems which face our species, it's imperative
that we first look at them objectively, and assess the scientific evidence without
bias. If the truth about genetics and behavior, about eugenics, or about
race, is considered "taboo," and falsehoods are the only socially
acceptable opinions, then this is truly a sad state of affairs,
but we shouldn't let it deter us.

Sat Mar 05, 02:50:00 AM EST  
Blogger Wonder said...

a must read article
Made-in-American Wahhabism (Wm. Dowell op-ed),0,3074856.story?coll=la-news-comment-opinions


The Christian right is our own brand of extremism.

By William Thatcher Dowell

March 8, 2005

Wed Mar 09, 03:39:00 AM EST  

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