|'Charitable Choice' is Bad Public Policy
"Charitable choice" explicitly creates, for the first time, the possibility
of Federally-funded employment discrimination on the basis of religion.
Since religious institutions are exempt from the nondiscrimination requirements
of Title VII and other anti-discrimination laws, "charitable choice"
essentially amounts to a form of government-subsidized religious discrimination.
For example, a Presbyterian Church receiving funds for a welfare program
could refuse to hire non-Presbyterians to administer the program. Further,
even racist or anti-Semitic groups -- such as the Nation of Islam or
Christian Identity -- may be able to receive Federal money to provide
benefits and services.
As they do under current law, religious institutions that receive.
Federal funds under "charitable choice"
programs should be required to comply with the same standards and regulations that
currently govern existing social service agencies. These necessary
quality-control requirements may include professional training standards,
disability access requirements, and health, safety, and fire regulations.
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