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Non-profit World Vision wins right to hire/fire based on religion

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posted on Aug, 25 2010 @ 01:44 AM
Non-profit humanitarian organisation World Vision won a case which granted their rights to hire/fire somebody based on their religious affiliation:

World Vision, Christian Humanitarian Organization, Wins Right To Hire, Fire Based On Religion
First Posted: 08-24-10 08:04 PM | Updated: 08-24-10 08:04 PM
By Daniel Burke
Religion News Service

(RNS) World Vision, the Christian humanitarian organization, can fire employees who disagree with its theological tenets, a federal appeals court ruled on Monday (Aug. 23).

In a 2-1 decision, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said that World Vision is a "religious corporation" and therefore exempt from a federal law that bars faith-based discrimination.

"I am satisfied that World Vision has met its burden of showing that the 'general picture' of the organization is 'primarily religious,"' wrote Judge Diarmuid O'Scannlain. "World Vision is a nonprofit organization whose humanitarian relief efforts flow from a profound sense of religious mission."'

Three employees, two of whom had worked at World Vision for 10 years, were fired in 2006 because they did not believe in the divinity of Jesus or the doctrine of the Trinity, O'Scannlain wrote. The Civil Rights Act of 1964 bars religious discrimination, but carves out an exemption for companies engaged in a religious purpose, the court ruled.

Well they were in their right to hire and fire based for religious purposes Im sure but I question however why these organisations should be on the government payroll if thats the case? If you are a private religious organisation you should be able to hire and fire somebody based on religion, but on my dime? No, I Disagree with that:

The decision comes as President Obama is weighing whether the government should help fund religious charities that refuse to hire people of other faiths. White House officials have said the Justice Department is studying the matter, and decisions will be made on a case-by-case basis until a final decision is rendered.

Religion is still a choice at the end of the day just as your sexuality or your ideological views. I believe in these cases private businesses and organisations should be able to hire and fire over that reasoning (they obviously do already). I do however find it distasteful and quiet frankly would not want any part of that however, so I really question government putting these kinds of organisations under their wing. If its private, it does not have my tax dollars going into that kind of discrimmination.

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