Take Action: Tell President Obama to End Federally Funded Religious Bias in Hiring

Nearly three years ago, then-candidate Barack Obama made a campaign pledge to end a Bush-era policy that allowed religious organizations receiving federal tax dollars to discriminate in hiring on the basis of religion. “If you get a federal grant, you can’t use that 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,” Obama said in Zanesville, Ohio, on July 1, 2008.

More than two years into Obama’s presidency, however, this practice is still in place, and your tax dollars are being used to support religious organizations that can fire or refuse to hire employees on the basis of religion. Please join us in asking President Obama to keep his promise.

This Saturday, June 25, will mark the 70th anniversary of President Franklin D. Roosevelt signing the first executive order to prevent government contractors from discriminating on the basis of “race, creed, or national origin.” President Lyndon B. Johnson expanded these protections to include religion when he signed Executive Order 11246 in 1965. In 2002, however, President George W. Bush signed an executive order carving out an exemption that allows religious organizations receiving federal contracts to discriminate in employment on the basis of religion.

At a press conference in Washington, D.C. today, members of the U.S House and the Secular Coalition for America will call upon President Obama to keep his campaign promise to end federally funded religious discrimination in employment by restoring Executive Order 11246 without delay.

In honor of the upcoming 70th anniversary of President Roosevelt’s original landmark order, please help us end religious discrimination by taking a moment to write to President Obama, urging him to live up to his campaign promise and stop allowing federally funded religious organizations to discriminate against employees on the basis of religion.

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