Charitable organizations should have the right to employ those who share their groups’ values.

Should charitable organizations have the right to employ those who share their groups’ values? Should they be allowed to discriminate and tell an applicant “We don’t hire your kind”?

Former President George Bush took a stand about 10 years ago, and now President Obama in confronting changing it.

What do you think? Who was/is right? Should the gvt have a say in faith-based hiring issues?

Please read this article and leave a comment.

“Critics push Obama to change faith-based hiring rules
By Lauren Markoe, Religion News ServicePosted 5d 15h ago | 243 | 9
WASHINGTON (RNS) A group of clergy and lawmakers is trying to overturn a nearly decade-old policy that allows faith-based organizations that receive federal funds to hire and fire employees on the basis of religion.

Critics say President Obama has reneged on a campaign promise to repeal the policy, which was put into place by President Bush in 2002.
“It is shocking that we would even be having a debate about whether basic civil rights practices should apply to programs run with federal dollars,” said Rep. Bobby Scott, D-Va.
“There is just no justification for sponsors of government-funded programs to tell job applicants, ‘We don’t hire your kind.'”
Scott has sponsored legislation to repeal the policy. But advocates for the change say the most effective route would be for Obama to issue a new executive order to overturn Bush’s, Scott told reporters on Tuesday (June 21).
Bush introduced the policy to advance what he deemed a more faith-friendly federal approach toward charitable organizations that receive federal contracts for social services. Previously, groups that received government money were forbidden to consider religion in their employment decisions.
Bush, however, argued that while an organization accepting federal support could not refuse to help people based on their religion, it should be able to take religion into account when hiring and firing employees.
Many religious organizations — particularly conservative ones — hailed the overall initiative and continue to support it.
“We will do whatever we can to make sure this stays,” said Michele Combs, spokeswoman for the Christian Coalition, saying charitable organizations should have the right to employ those who share their groups’ values.
“That’s our freedom,” she said, “to hire and fire people of our faith.”
More liberal religious leaders, who typically toe a strict line on church-state separation, said the lingering Bush order undermines a century of progress in civil rights.
“Tax dollars should not be used to discriminate,” said Rabbi David Saperstein, director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism.
Scott and others referred to a speech Obama gave on the campaign trail four months before his 2008 election in which he promised to reform Bush’s faith-based program. Obama said a group receiving federal money shouldn’t be able to “use that grant money to proselytize to the people you help and you can’t discriminate against them — or against the people you hire — on the basis of their religion.”
Asked for comment on Wednesday, a White House spokesman said “the Justice Department continues to examine this issue on a case-by-case basis.”

What do you think? Who was/is right? Should the gvt have a say in faith-based hiring issues?

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Opinion: The Destruction Of The Dollar Is Very Intentional

“Opinion: The Destruction Of The Dollar Is Very Intentional” is a very interesting analysis of what seems to be happening on our planet at this time. It was written by my friend Al on his blog at

Is the “destruction of the dollar” a conspiracy theory? Is it happening? Is there actually someone behind some obscur events only few free men and women on this planet have been observing?

Here is the article for your consideration. Please leave a comment below and tell us what you think about it:

“In politics,” wrote former President Franklin D. Roosevelt, “nothing happens by accident. If it happens, you can bet it was planned that way.”

If you take a look though the dizzying torrent of confusing and ‘made that way’ financial terms and actions in the news today, one thing will become clear.

The dollar is being destroyed.

Fed Chairman Big Ben is stalking a policy called QE – as in QE1 or QE2. QE stands for quantitative easing…

And that’s not the excess weight that gathers on your rear end as you take it easy too often. That’s quantitative expansion… not good either. Comes from partaking in too many distractive leisure activities.

Quantitative easing is high brow terminology for printing money in order to stimulate the economy. Or substituting with paper, the actual production and exchange factors that naturally regulate economies.

I will delve into the mechanics of this in book form soon, for the layman, but essentially, the game in my opinion is destruction of the dollar.

In November 21, 2002 Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke stated, “The U.S. government has a technology, called a printing press (or today, its electronic equivalent), that allows it to produce as many U.S. dollars as it wishes at no cost.”

That is the definition of inflation, plain and simple.

The mechanics of this game are complex, but the basic end result is that confidence in the dollar will collapse and the entire world will wince as the dollar is what the world trades with. It affects everyone.

Egypt may or may not realize it, but that’s why their food inflation has hit rebellious proportions. US inflationary policies affect the planet.

But, my point is that I somehow smell that this is very well planned. No one up front is saying this really from what I see, but my nose for prediction has a scent.

Or should I say, a foul odor, or more colloquially, the shit is going to hit the fan and the stench will be horrible.

It’s already been done in Europe – the consolidation of the many currencies into the Euro. Next is the consolidation of the currencies of North America (and maybe South as well) into one currency – the Amero.

The Amero is yet another strategic step on the road to fulfillment of the promise on our own dollar bill:

Novus Ordo Seclorum, just below the illuminated eye above the pyramid…

Translation, New World Order, or one government.

So what, you say, that could be a good thing, couldn’t it?  Y’know, global unity and all that…

I actually thought that when I was a teen. If you think it is, do your homework. Look who’s calling the shots.

Al @ Components of Success