Op-Ed Articles Respond to Bush's Faith-Based Initiative

February 26, 2001

Source: The New Republic

On February 26, 2001, The New Republic published a piece by Jeffrey Rosen, in which he supported charitable choice legislation. He defends religious organizations' right "to discriminate on the basis of religion in hiring and firing staff [and] the right to define their organizational mission," as long as they do not discriminate against beneficiaries. He also defends religious organizations' right to discriminate on the basis of sex and sexual orientation when hiring and firing, as long as churches "own up to the beliefs and practices that, in their view, prevent them from complying with the civil rights laws." If this right is not respected, he says, the government would be forcing religious organizations "into something they are not."