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Religious Hiring

Recorded on October 4, 2011

From The Heritage Foundation, I'm Ernest Istook.

America 's churches and faith-based groups are under a double-pronged attack that's aimed both at freedom of religion and freedom of speech.

Those who promote same-sex marriage want to restrict opposition from preachers. Pro-abortion groups want to force doctors and nurses to assist, with no exceptions for conscience. The Boy Scouts get attacked for requiring belief in God and for opposing homosexuality.

Now the Obama Administration is telling the Supreme Court that church-backed services like schools and hospitals must hire even those who disagree with that church's beliefs. The Justice Department wants to limit the long-honored ministerial exception to secular employment laws.

Some who holler about separation of church and state want to make it a one-way street. They don't want churches to speak out, yet they think it's okay for the state to interfere with religious-based groups. I disagree.

From The Heritage Foundation, I'm Ernest Istook.