Is it the ENDA Religious Liberty in Hiring?

From the Family Research Council.

“Today the attack on religious liberty kicked off in the House Health, Employment, Labor, and Pensions Subcommittee, where a hearing was held on the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) of 2007. The legislation would prevent employers from taking their most deeply held beliefs into account when making hiring, management, and promotion decisions. If it passes, ENDA would radically transform the workplace discrimination law by granting special rights to homosexuals and transsexuals–while ignoring those of employers. Although the bill’s first incarnation had a broad religious exemption, that exemption has been narrowed in the 2007 version. In fact, the current exemption is so complicated that the editors of the New York Sun argue that “…the Supreme Court will spend as much time figuring out exactly what it says as deciding that it’s unconstitutional.” Although in its present form churches wouldn’t be forced to hire homosexuals, any of their sponsored organizations, such as schools, nursing homes, adoption agencies, soup kitchens, and summer camps, would all be subject to ENDA’s reach. These programs could no longer refuse to hire homosexuals simply because the behavior violates the groups’ core doctrine. Instead, faith-based programs would have to publicly outline which “religious tenets” they consider significant, marking an unprecedented intrusion by the federal government into religious freedom.”


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