I'm sorry, but this is taking things too far. I know this is a private daycare, but can they get away with this? When I had a dive store we were allowed to "discriminate" a little, because it was a specialty shop that required specific training and certification to perform the job; if you didn't have that training and certification, you weren't considered.
But this is unreal. Making employees reapply, and then banning basically everyone that isn't a fundie is insane. I'm glad that both employees and parents are raising a stink over this.
But my question remains - legally, is this something they can do?
A link and quote from the beginning of the article are provided below...
A Waukee church is being criticized by angry parents for forcing child-care staffers to adhere to Christian principles, banning non-Christians, sexually-active singles, male-female roommates and practicing homosexuals from employment.
On Friday, staff members of the Happy Time Preschool & Daycare received letters informing them that the center was being reorganized into the Point of Grace Children’s Academy. Previously, the center operated in Waukee's Point of Grace Church, but religious affiliation was not stressed there, said former employees and parents.
Employees wanting to remain needed to reapply for their positions and agree to the new guidelines. These new guidelines were spelled out in a Christian Lifestyle Agreement included with employment applications. The agreement states that “every employee accept and follow a lifestyle commitment based upon Biblical principles.”
That lifestyle means regular attendance at a Christian church, no sex outside of marriage, no homosexual conduct, no viewing of pornography, no drug or alcohol use, and no vulgar language, according to the application posted on the church's website.