Charitable Choice Condones Discrimination Based on Creed, Sexual Orientation

In his Sunday speech to the 92nd annual NAACP convention, Chairman Julian Bond criticized President Bush’s “charitable choice” proposal. According to Bond, Bush’s intention to allow churches receiving government funding to discriminate based on creed amounts to “federally financed discrimination.” Bush’s proposal would also permit discriminatory hiring based on sexual orientation. A recent Salvation Army memo, leaked to The Washington Post, describes the behind-the-scenes deal between The Army and the White House. With the understanding that the Bush administration will exempt religious charities from laws that bar discrimination based on sexual orientation, The Army has spent over $88,000 per month to promote “charitable choice.” Senior Salvation Army official George Hood comments, “It’s the preservation of our employment practices that motivates us to support this.”


The Washington Post, July 10; The Los Angeles Times, July 9; The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People

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