Young Democrats of Harford County

For Democrats of all ages and other like-minded folks in Harford County, Maryland.

Posted by piperj3cub on February 17, 2009

Dear President Obama,

Among the Bush policies that have been the most ‘anti-constitution’ was his policy allowing federal (taxpayer) dollars to be given to religious institutions that discriminate their hiring based on religion. On the campaign you promised to overturn this policy, but now it appears that your administration has reversed itself. Here is an excerpt of your own words on the subject: “if you get a federal grant, you can’t use that grant money to proselytize to the people you help and you can’t discriminate against them — or against the people you hire — on the basis of their religion”. I cannot help but feel that this decision is completely contrary to the message of openness and inclusion that our government must be sending. It is unimaginable that the federal government would hire or support companies that discriminate on the basis of race or sex, so why is your administration now supporting the practice or discriminating on the basis of religion. PLEASE reconsider your position on this issue… those of us that so strongly supported you and consider ourselves progressive are seriously unable to understand this decision, particularly with respect to its constitutionality.

Sincerely,

An Active Democrat

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One Response to “”

  1. trumanesque said

    I don’t know that I would go so far as to say that the President has reversed himself. He seems to be just taking a verrrrry deliberate approach to look at who’s there already and what hiccups, such as service interruptions, would be caused if he made an immediate blanket pronouncement. I know the fact that he wants to study many things before acting on them is maddening, but I understand it. The deliberation in itself is anti-Bush.

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