17th September 2009

“You can imagine the outcry if a Christian was told he couldn't apply for a job owing to his world-view, so why is it acceptable the other way round?”

Max Harrison

6 Responses to “17th September 2009”

  1. Chris Says:

    This is a really useful thing to do on a variety of topics. Imagine that the congress enacts a law that denies heterosexual people the right to marry, for example. The trouble is, the people most likely to engage in introspection are the people that need it least. Still, it’s nice to have a handy tool to check ones biases.

  2. doug Says:

    I dont understand this quote because there are faith based organiations(jewish etc..) who can deny christians.

  3. The Heretic Says:

    Very simple, a faith based organization (cult based club) requires a certain demographic to join, i.e., no boys in the Girl Scouts. But, for a public job being rejected due to atheism would be discrimination. But then this particular discrimination is considered OK, even by a former president of the US (GHWB) who didn’t even consider atheists to be Americans. We are more reviled that terrorists by many of the superstitious. But, our ranks are growing…..things will change.

  4. Terence Meaden Says:

    Too many religionists do the interviewing.
    They have been in power for so long.

  5. Brian Delrosario Says:

    I take it the question means, “…so why is it acceptable to permit employment to a Christian simply because he’s a Christian?” Although I’m an atheist, I’m also a libertarian. If it’s your business, then it’s your money. Hire whomever you want. I understand Max Harrison’s point though: that quality and cost should concern an employer, not religious preference.

  6. Chris Says:

    I’m with you, Brian. If it’s your place, you can be a biggot. BUT, it that business gets any public support, (like the tax exempt status of churches or government contracts) then you give up your right to discriminate against any other member of the public. That doesn’t mean that those discriminated against can’t file wrongful termination suits. Hopefully this balance keeps most employers within the bounds of good taste.