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DiIulio on the faith-based initiative

Former FBCI Director John DiIulio remains hopeful that some good can come from President Bush’s faith-based initiative.

He argues that a very small proportion of the organizations actually would take advantage of the kind of co-religionist hiring exemption to which opponents of the initiative object and which he says the public doesn’t support. Ignore the obstacle, he suggests, and move on. Explain the importance of religious freedom and of assuring fidelity to mission, I reply, and move on.

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Professor DiIulio -- So what if the public doesn’t support a hiring exemption for religious charities?

Religious organizations have an absolute moral and constitutional right to discriminate on a religious basis in hiring. They have higher responsibilities than to public opinion or politically correctness.
If a religious organization cannot discriminate religiously in hiring, it ultimately cannot retain its identity or serve its mission properly. Whether it SHOULD discriminate, or when, or against whom, is another matter. But no one but the organization should decide that.

If the law doesn’t protect that with complete clarity, they should see the handwriting on the wall and say NO to federal funds.

David -

The federal funds should say "no" to them.

David has it correct in regards to the Constitution.

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