October 29, 2013

Religious Persecution?

So, since I've been out of a job since last month, I've been looking and applying and feeling the rejections. Kinda like high school all over again with the girls.  But this rejection seems to fit better.

One application I filled out was for an IT position at the Campus Crusade for Christ International. It was a basic Help Desk position. Hardware, software, answer user questions. Matter of fact, here's the job application.

Take note of the summary and qualifications:
Installs, modifies, and makes repairs to personal computer hardware and software systems.

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

 So a few days later they sent me yet another application to fill out for possible employment. I'm thinking cool. A further step. As I started to read the application, I came across this.

Personal Relationship with Jesus ChristIt is our desire that all employees feel comfortable within the Christian environment they will find at our International Headquarters. Because of the unique nature and purpose of our organization, all employees are required to be involved in departmental Bible study, ministry training, prayer and worship experiences as part of their job description. Also, each employee is expected to be able to share with business associates, guests and visitors about his or her experience of having a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. In light of these facts, the following information is requested as a bona fide occupational qualification.
A. Please give a brief statement of your personal relationship with Jesus Christ and how it
B. What church are you presently attending?      
City, State?       Head Pastor?      
C. What is your present level of church involvement?

Then it goes on to quote the following:

Campus Crusade for Christ is an equal opportunity employer and abides by Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and subsequent laws which have amended it. We will consider qualified applicants for a specific position without discrimination because of race, color, sex, national origin, citizenship, ancestry, marital status, age, disability or medical condition.

Notice anything? They completely left out the religion aspect of this federal law.  Which the law reads the following:

  • Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VII), which prohibits employment discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, or national origin;

So in order to gain employment for a basic IT position, they are forcing the application into their religious beliefs, regardless of Federal Law. But then again, churches are a business not a faith. And we all know, corporations run this country and not the people elected. 

Going to send this to the Governors office to see what they say.


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