Church-based daycare forcing employees to agree to Evangelical requirements

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...

Born-Again Christians Only: Daycare Parents, Staff Angry Over Cente...

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.

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Comment by Heather Spoonheim on August 25, 2011 at 9:22pm

Are employees obligated to stone anyone caught working on Sunday?

Comment by Becca on August 25, 2011 at 10:36pm

Yes it is legal for them to do this.... they might be pushing it on the specifics though.

Comment by Becca on August 25, 2011 at 10:37pm

Also here's the law for my state i encourage you to look up the specific law for your state.

Comment by Heather Spoonheim on August 25, 2011 at 11:15pm

I'm tempted to start a church based on a god that prefers white people then put up 'conspicuous signs' that ethnic minorities are not welcome to apply for jobs and see how far that flies.  This breeches separation of church and state, in my opinion, but giving churches a get out of jail free card for discrimination.

Comment by Geektheist (Rocky Oliver) on August 26, 2011 at 9:56am

Thanks for the responses everyone. Becca's URL contribution was very insightful - if not depressing. I encourage everyone to check it out. After reading it I believe that this church may be a member of, or is hiring services from, this ECFA (Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability) organization. The "About" page on their site explains their role thusly:

ECFA is an accreditation agency dedicated to helping Christian ministries earn the public’s trust through adherence to Seven Standards of Responsible Stewardship™. Founded in 1979, ECFA provides accreditation to leading Christian nonprofit organizations that faithfully demonstrate compliance with established standards for financial accountability, fundraising and board governance. Members include Christian ministries, denominations, churches, educational institutions and other tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organizations. Collectively, these organizations represent more than $18 billion in annual revenue.

ECFA’s Seven Standards of Responsible Stewardship™ focus on board governance, financial transparency, integrity in fundraising, and proper use of charity resources.

On their treatise on religious discrimination in hiring practices their defense of it rests on the following:

Title VII [of the Civil Rights Act of 1964] allows churches and religious organizations to discriminate on the basis of religion. Title VII states that it does not apply to ". . . a religious corporation, association, educational institution, or society with respect to the employment of individuals of a particular religion to perform work connected with the carrying on by such corporation, association, educational institution, or society of its activities."

It goes on to say that, basically, as long as you spell out that you will be discriminating based on religion, it is "OK".




I believe in the Civil Rights act, and appreciate all it has done for this country and its people; but the area that allows a business ran by a church to blatantly discrimate based on religion and religious beliefs - which allows them to, by extension, discriminate against anything that runs counter to their beliefs (such as sexual preference, promiscuity, and even whether you drink or not, etc.). Basically, they can do what they want.


I guess I understand it, but I damn sure don't like it.



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