CFI Signs on to Letter Urging President Obama to Reform his Faith-Based Office

March 8, 2010

Tomorrow, as the President's Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships presents President Obama with their recommendations for his office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, CFI and a number of other members of the Coalition Against Religious Discrimination (CARD) are sending him a letter urging him to do more than just consider the recommendations. The three page letter outlines majors flaws in the office that the members of the CARD coalition feel must be addressed. Chief among these is the fact that the administration has not yet reviewed a policy that allows religious organizations that receive federal funding to discriminate in their hiring practices--a policy that Obama campaigned on ending. The letter recommends that Obama direct the Justice Department's Office of Legal Counsel to review and withdraw its June 29, 2007 memo which interprets the Religious Freedom Restoration Act in a way that allows religious organizations to override statutory religious nondiscrimination provisions and also establish new, concrete standards to determine whether or not a religious organization is entitled to an exemption of religious nondiscrimination laws.

Read the whole letter here .