Monday, November 10, 2008

The Cost of Playing Ball

Religious groups are wary of Barack Obama's embrace of faith-based initiatives:

Obama said this summer that he would not allow religious groups to get federal funding if they discriminate in hiring ... Being required to hire non-Christians would be a deal-breaker even for progressive evangelicals, they say.

"Christian influence is felt not only in direct proselytizing, but in strategies and characters and values of people implementing them," Gushee said. "We think the identity of Christian institutions must be protected, and the main way you do that is by who you hire. So if a condition for getting money is limits on who you hire, most organizations won't play ball."
Wow, that was easy! If they won't "play ball" in this sense, I say we call it a game and not waste any more time negotiating, worrying, or arguing about it.

If they opt out of the faith-based initiatives program and remain privately funded, they're free to continue the discriminatory practices they find so worthy of protection.

On the other hand, there's no reason for any of us on the sharp end of the discrimination to fund it in the slightest measure.

They can take their ball and go home. Another problem solved.

2 comments:

larryniven said...

"...the identity of Christian institutions must be protected, and the main way you do that is by who you hire."

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Uh, so letting them hire however they want is more important than letting them worship as they please? In that case, can we go along with this and then simply outlaw the Bible? Apparently that would be, on balance, more protective of the identity of Christian institutions, so if we have to pick between the two...

Dale said...

LN, aren't they just so darling when they hold out their greedy paws and try to make coherent sense?