CLS v. Martinez and the hiring question
tolsen at christianitytoday.com
Tue Mar 30 13:59:49 PDT 2010
So I was planning to write something up about the ramifications *CLS v.
have for the longstanding debate over whether federally funded religious
groups (World Relief<http://www.chicagotribune.com/classified/jobs/ct-met-world-relief-20100531,0,5426879.story>
, World Vision<http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/ngos/100110/world-vision-religion-foreign-aid>)
should be forced to hire employees that disagree with the organizations'
statements of faith (or, alternatively worded, should be allowed in hiring
to discriminate on the basis of religion).
It seems likely to me that a major reason the White House and DOJ haven't
said anything about this is because this case was coming and would
significantly determine the answer to the question.
BUT since CLS is placing a fair bit of emphasis on university's place as
"peculiarly a marketplace of ideas," I suppose the court could decide this
in a way that would have little bearing on hiring at, say, Catholic
Charities, World Vision, or Samaritan's Purse.
Am I barking up the wrong tree? Is CLS just a higher ed access to "campus
forum"/funds case? Or is this the antidiscrimination rules vs. religious
identity battle so many have been waiting for?
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