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Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 does NOT protect religious refugee organizations that accept government funding

Posted by Christopher Coen on March 31, 2010

It turns out that the Civil Rights Act of 1964 only allows religious nonprofits to hire people ONLY of their own religion if they only accept PRIVATE contributions (here).  It does NOT protect religious organizations that take government finds.

The exemptions for religious charities began with Title VII of the Civil Rights Act. That law allows such organizations to hire only members of their own faith when their programs are funded by private donations.

The Coalition Against Religious Discrimination is asking President Obama to repeal President George W. Bush’s two executive orders that allowed religious (faith-based) groups to discriminate based on religious-affiliation and sexual orientation (here and here).

Continuing repercussions from World Relief’s new hiring policy

World Relief’s new policy banning the hiring of non-Christians

Is praying at staff meetings a form of worship prohibited by government funding?

Catholic Charities of Washington, D.C. joins World Relief in discriminating based on religious affiliation

Faith-based control of refugee resettlement in some cities

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