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Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Religious teachers not protected in WI nondiscrimination policies

Exactly why the hate crimes law, West Bend School District's harassment policy, and workplace nondiscrimination policies are biased and are being used covertly to shut down Christians and other people of faith. VERY DANGEROUS INDEED.

WB News today:
MADISON (AP) — Many religious school teachers are not protected by Wisconsin laws aimed at stopping discrimination in the workplace, the state Supreme Court ruled Tuesday.

Justice Michael Gableman said all employees whose positions are closely linked to the religious mission of their employers cannot make claims like age, gender and racial discrimination under the Wisconsin Fair Employment Act. In the past, courts had generally only exempted religious leaders like ordained clergy and ministers from such laws.


Seems there's a teacher that had been let go from her job who is claiming age discrimination with her employer as the reason for her termination. If she could prove that her job was more secular in nature, she would be able to move forward with her complaint. Because she held a "religious" position, however, no can do.

17 comments:

Anonymous said...

You know, a lot of that is because the government is trying to protect the right of religious institutions to not hire people from protected groups they dislike (namely The Gays). It's one of those things: unless you want to follow the rules, you don't get the protections.

Mike said...

How is the harassment policy shutting people down? There is a clear level of protection for all people even those that are Christian. In addition, there is a clear method by which to file a complaint and a clear process by which to appeal a decision. Your hatred for the school district makes your opinion in this case invalid and if it wasn't so sad it would be laughable.

West Bend Citizen Advocate said...

Mike,

I thought you said you were not talking to me?

You know as well as I do that the harassment policy gives *special* protection to kids who proclaim they are gay. Quit pretending you don't get it. Policies like these are in place to shut down religious freedom of speech.

How about a little insight?

http://www.newswithviews.com/NWVexclusive/exclusive16.htm

Hatred for the school district? If that were so, I would not actively be involved in campaigning for candidates.

Does being opposed to certain aspects of government-run education make me a "public school hater?" I think not. The statement is ridiculous in and of itself.

Hahn at Home said...

Hate crimes legislation provides an added incentive for people who would do illegal and often violent things to people for no reason but being who they are. If whack jobs didn't perpetrate that behavior, there would be no need for the protection.

As usual, Ginny, you are so seriously misguided it would be laughable unless you weren't so darned dangerous. My guess would be you'd have joined in on the Salem Witch Trials or the Inquisition had you lived then.

Anonymous said...

I just realized, based on a book you recommended that you are probably someone that supports the organization called Focus on the Family - LOL....I live in the Colorado Springs area and trust me, Dr. Dobson and his crew of anti-gay followers are the laughing stock of society here. Most of the community wishes they'd move the hell out of town...hey, maybe we can send them your way and you can all be best buddies? Whatcha think of that?

And oh...maybe we can send the famous Ted Haggard over to ya too...maybe you can fix him too. He says he's not gay, but sleeps with men but stays married to his wife pretending he's not gay.

beesbess said...

Ginny, What do you mean by "special protections" for gay kids? I was under the impression that that the harrassment policy is just that- a policy that will end bullying for all kids- gay, straight, christian, aethist, skinny, fat etc.

Luigi said...

I just discovered this terrible evil woman through a news story. And I have to say, wow!! How can a woman so bent on loving God turn around and spread so much hate? This is why I will never understand Christian extremist. No wonder more and more Americans are turning away from religion. So much hate is so unhealthy and unproductive.

Chivid said...

Yeah.. ok..

Nevermind the reality that these religious schools where these teachers are being fired from are PRIVATE religious organizations and not publicly funded.

As such, the freedom of religion that the state grants to and enforces upon public areas does not apply.

The separation of church and state goes both ways. This should be very fundamental.

Anonymous said...

Ginny. It's posts like these that harm your credibility.

Anonymous said...

If you're in Colorado Springs what does it matter to you what happens in West Bend??

Anonymous said...

Because some people are capable of thinking outside of their own, limited, surroundings, and realize that we live in a broad, diverse, global society.

Anonymous said...

If you knew anything about West Bend and our community you'd know that its policy states that it should uphold "community standards" not the standards of Colorado Springs.

All we want is the library to let the community decide.

Anonymous said...

Religious groups have long campaigned to discriminate against those whom they do not like. If religious teachers are not protected in non-discrimination policies, that's only a natural extension of that christian right to discriminate and to exclude. You wouldn't want a godless atheist or, even worse, a gay educating your kids after all would you; so it's important to be able to get rid of these people as quickly as possible by ignoring their secular rights. It's unfortunate that, on occasion, good and upstanding teachers may accidentally be on the receiving end of righteous discrimination; however they should be encouraged to consider themselves as martyrs for without their selfless sacrifice, then all manner of unspeakable atheists, agnostics, gays, lesbians and even socialists would have their rights protected too.

Anonymous said...

Ginny, you say that you are a Christian, and the both of us share a moral standard here, but from a spiritual stand point I'm really concerned that you're harming your own witness so to speak with the agressiveness you show in your blog.

It is one thing to stand against an ethical immorality, its something else entirely to slander a child of God and treat them as though they are your enemy.

The war we wage is not that of flesh and blood...

kmherson said...

"Religious groups have long campaigned to discriminate against those whom they do not like. If religious teachers are not protected in non-discrimination policies, that's only a natural extension of that christian right to discriminate and to exclude. You wouldn't want a godless atheist or, even worse, a gay educating your kids after all would you; so it's important to be able to get rid of these people as quickly as possible by ignoring their secular rights. It's unfortunate that, on occasion, good and upstanding teachers may accidentally be on the receiving end of righteous discrimination; however they should be encouraged to consider themselves as martyrs for without their selfless sacrifice, then all manner of unspeakable atheists, agnostics, gays, lesbians and even socialists would have their rights protected too."

Anonymous-- if this was a joke, you are a fab satirist and I give you mad props.

If not, my brain just broke.

I'm not even going to get started in the general lack of ethics and reading comprehension and good sense that this blog represents. Frankly, there aren't enough hours in the day.

Anonymous said...

"Religious groups have long campaigned to discriminate against those whom they do not like. "

...seems to me like many of you are discriminating against religious people. Just sayin'

kmherson said...

Uh, I'm discriminating against people who discriminate and try to call it a religion.