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Friday, September 23, 2005

And you wanted to know what was wrong with Faith Based social services

Well, let's look here:

The Republican-led House approved a bill that lets churches and other faith-based preschool centers hire only people who share their religion, yet still receive federal tax dollars.

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The Republican plan would, for example, let a Catholic church that provides Head Start services employ only Catholic child-care workers.

Democrats and Republicans offered different interpretations of whether the Constitution, federal law and court rulings protected - or prevented - federally aided centers from hiring based on religion.

"Congress should not be in the business of supporting state-sponsored discrimination," said Rep. Alcee Hastings, D-Fla. Said Rep. Lynn Woolsey, D-Calif.: "The (Republican) majority has decided to choose religious discrimination over what could have been a rare bipartisan agreement."

Since I'm not a Catholic, I understand why the Catholic Church would perfer not to hire someone of my religious persuasion - that's their prerogative. But why in the hell should I be paying for people to discriminate against me, and more importantly, why should my schools be discriminating against me in the first place?

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