and Pearce vote to repeal current civil rights
- Congresswoman Heather Wilson and Congressman
Steve Pearce voted Thursday to repeal federal
protections in HR 1261 to permit religious discrimination.
The legislation passed. The bill eliminates current
standards for employees of job training organizations.
The bill allows organizations receiving federal
funds to discriminate in hiring based on religion,
according to the Committee on Education and the
Workforce minority website.
In a letter to the Congress from the ranking member,
George Miller, Miller said the bill would have
catastrophic consequences. "The Supreme Court
has never ruled on federally-funded religious
discrimination, and no one can be certain how
it will rule, but it is a grave policy error to
roll back decades of civil rights to allow explicit
religious discrimination in federally-funded jobs,"
Miller and his colleagues said in the letter.
is concerned with the support of this legislation
by Rep. Wilson and Rep. Pearce. "Congress
should advocate civil liberties, but instead we
have Wilson and Pearce eliminating crucial protections
and encouraging discrimination in the workplace,"
WilsonWatch's Travis Green said. He concluded
by pointing out, "Senator Hatch originally
created these protections against religious discrimination
in the early 1980s, and President Reagan signed
them into law. What happened to the leadership
in this country?"
American Civil Liberties Union came out against
the legislation in a news release Wednesday. "These
protections, supported by both civil rights and
religious groups, were put in place to ensure
that publicly funded religious groups comply with
the same civil rights laws that apply to everyone
else using federal dollars," said Christopher
Anders, an ACLU Legislative Counsel.
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