Coalition seeks repeal of grant memo allowing Christians-only hiring

Asks Obama administration to review Bush policy
Dozens of legal and religious groups have asked Attorney General Eric Holder to rescind a Bush-era memorandum that they believe wrongly permitted a religious charity to receive federal grant money despite its policy of hiring only Christians.

Organizations including Americans United for Separation of Church and State and the Anti-Defamation League told Holder in a letter September 17 that the 2007 memo from the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel misinterpreted the 1993 Religious Freedom Restoration Act.

At issue is whether religious groups that receive federal grants are exempt from federal nondiscrimination employment law, or whether groups that make hiring decisions on the basis of the applicant’s faith should be eligible to receive federal funding at all.


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