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Faith-based job test

February 13, 2009

Re "Thou may not discriminate," editorial, Feb. 9

I agree that anyone should be considered for employment at any faith-based organization. There is, however, nothing wrong with disqualifying a person if he or she cannot support the organization's mission statement. Government support must be based on the work and the results being achieved. Just as no test of religion can be applied to anyone working for the government, no test of religion can be applied to the religious or nonreligious motivation of organizations working for the government.

Robert Green

Orange

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Another thing that will not change in the Obama administration is that, because I am an atheist and because I am a lesbian, I will continue to see my tax dollars going to religious groups that may continue to refuse to hire me for even the most menial of tasks in what are supposed to be secular programs.

That's a far cry from President Obama's promise last July: "If you get a federal grant, you can't use that grant money to proselytize to the people you help, and you can't discriminate against them." Continuing the Bush administration's taxpayer-funded, faith-based discrimination is most definitely not change I can believe in.

Kathy Heggemeier

Portsmouth, Va.

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