Suburban Detroit teacher contract gives hiring preference to non-Christians

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Published by: Dan Calabrese on Thursday March 20th, 2014

In writing for all to see . . . in the very same contract that prohibits religious discrimination. What.

Quite a find yesterday by Michigan Capitol Confidential, which is a publication of the free-market Mackinac Center for Public Policy. In Ferndale, Michigan, which is directly north of Detroit, the contract between the school district and the teachers union contains a clause that gives hiring preference to members of certain groups - mostly ethnic minorities. But the Ferndale school officials and their union have an interesting way of defining a minority, and if you're a Christian, you might want to look elsewhere for a teaching job:

Should there be two (2) or more of these applicants with equal qualifications for the position and one (1) or more of these applicants with equal qualifications is a current employee, the current employee with the greatest seniority shall be assigned. Special consideration shall be given to women and/or minority defined as: Native American, Asian American, Latino, African American and those of the non-Christian faith. However, in all appointments to vacant positions, the Board's decision shall be final.

As you might expect, neither the school superintendent, nor the board president nor the union leader responded to questions from Michigan CapCon reporter Tom Gantert. The language has been in the contract for quite a few years, and it was recently renewed through 2017 - which is in part a move designed to exempt the contract from Michigan's newly established status as a right-to-work state. Why no one ever noticed the language until now - or at least ever thought it was worthy of being reported on - I have no idea.

(Over on my site today, I take a look at this from a less political and more theological perspective, and what I have to say might surprise you at first but I'm confident that Scripture backs me up.)

Here's what I can tell you about Ferndale. I hail from Royal Oak, which is the next suburb over to the north and these days is known for its proliferation of leather shops and those gay rainbow flags, as well as its association with favorite sons like the late Dr. Jack Kevorkian. With that in mind, Ferndale is where we think the freaks are.

As egregious as this is, it's not hard to imagine the left-wing rationalizations for it. Why, policies banning religious discrimination are really put in place to protect non-Christians, they will insist, since Christians are the "majority" (at least in terms of self-identification, if not necessarily in terms of people's real spiritual condition), and as such they don't need protection. This means that to give hiring preference to non-Christians is exactly the same as having racial hiring quotas. And that, of course, is totally in line with stated anti-discrimination policies because the left wants it to be.

Of course, the law clearly states that it's illegal for school districts to ask job applicants about their religion, meaning this is so egregious on its face - well, it's no wonder Ferndale school officials won't return Gantert's calls. There is nothing they can possibly say to defend this. They're just plain busted.

Michigan CapCon is a well-known Michigan publication but it is hardly the mainstream media. I'm going to be watching today to see if the state's MSM picks this up. You'd think such an egregious violation of the law would get their attention, but they might regard it as a mere "right-wing talking point" and thus not really newsworthy.

In a larger sense, this is the latest evidence that the left has become increasingly shameless in its assault on Christians and on God Himself. Maybe someone should tell them what happens to those foolish enough to start fights with God. But in all likelihood, they won't listen any more than he did.

Suburban Detroit teacher contract gives hiring preference to non-Christians

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