This just in from CNN
In an executive order to be announced on Thursday, Obama does not rescind Bush’s provision to allow faith-based groups to discriminate in their hiring practices, but does provide a legal process for organizations to go through in order to that ensure hiring is legal and non-discriminatory.
Administration sources say the new legal safeguard is a “key step forward” in addressing the thorny issue of faith-based hiring.
But Dr. Joel Hunter, a senior pastor at Northland Church in Longwood, Florida, who will be part of a 25-member council of religious leaders in the faith-based office, said the issue is a particularly tricky one for religious leaders.
“We’re going to have to work that out, because on the one hand, you don’t want to use federal funds to discriminate. But on the other hand, we can’t have religious organizations taking money on the condition that they will hire people who live a lifestyle contrary to what they teach,” he said.
This is going to open a large can of worms I think. What happens now to Catholic hospitals that hope to get a grant but won’t hire doctors who perform abortions? Would that be considered “discriminatory”?