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Justice Unit Puts its Focus on Faith


Justice Unit Puts its Focus on Faith
« on: March 07, 2005, 11:41:20 AM »
The Justice Department's religious-rights unit, established three years ago, has launched a quiet but ambitious effort aimed at rectifying what the Bush administration views as years of illegal discrimination against religious groups and their followers.

Many court decisions have affirmed the rights of individuals in the public sector not to have religious beliefs imposed on them the Supreme Court ruling banning school-sponsored prayer in public schools among them. And courts have ruled that the rights of religious groups sometimes need protection too upholding, for example, their right to have access to public buildings for meetings.

But the argument that a religious institution spending public funds has the right to require employees to embrace its beliefs and that it will be backed by the Justice Department in doing so has changed the debate. It is an argument the Bush administration is making in Congress as well as in the courts.
The webpage of the Justice Department unit reads: "Religious liberty was central to the Founders' vision for America, and is the 'first freedom' listed in the 1st Amendment of the Bill of Rights. A critical component of religious liberty is the right of people of all faiths to participate fully in the benefits and privileges of society without facing discrimination based on their religion."

How do you all feel about this?


Re: Justice Unit Puts its Focus on Faith
« Reply #1 on: March 07, 2005, 11:44:26 AM »
That's weird.  I thought this administration was IN FAVOR OF discrimination.


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Re: Justice Unit Puts its Focus on Faith
« Reply #2 on: March 07, 2005, 11:46:29 AM »
Quite lame actually. Why is it that forcing people to believe a certain thing or having the state sanction a belief system more in line with liberty then letting each individual belief as they wish. School prayer is a good example. Kids in school can pray as they wish the school just can't compel them to. I for one am tired of hearing Christians complain about how there being oppressed because the government doesn't sanction there religion, or they have to see things they don't like. Not being able to force people to agree with you is not oppression.