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May 2008
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ACTION ALERT- Headstart bill allows religious discrimination

LJ-SEC: (ORIGINALLY POSTED BY [info]jrfrench)

The House has passed H.R 2123, the "School Readiness Act of 2005." Amendment #574 (Boehner) allows "faith based" groups to discriminate in hiring and accepting volunteers for Headstart programs:

More information on the bill here.

Text of amendment:

(a)(1) The Secretary shall not provide financial assistance for any program, project, or activity under this subchapter unless the grant or contract with respect thereto specifically provides that no person with responsibilities in the operation thereof will discriminate with respect to any such program, project, or activity because of race, creed, color, national origin, sex, political affiliation, or beliefs.
(2) Paragraph (1) shall not apply to a recipient of financial assistance under this subchapter that is a religious corporation, association, educational institution, or society, with respect to the employment of individuals of a particular religion to perform work connected with the carrying on by such corporation, association, educational institution, or society of its activities. Such recipients shall comply with the other requirements contained in this subsection.


The act is now in committee. Write your senators and tell them to oppose Amendment #547 to the School Readiness act.

List of senators:

http://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm

Handwritten/typed letters have more impact than e-mails.

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