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More faith-based BS: School Readiness Act allows gays to be fired

This is more of the AmTaliban agenda rolling through, opening the door to all kinds of discriminatory nonsense by employers. An Ohio winger tacked on the provision, which is backed by the White House. (

The House of Representatives on Thursday passed an extension of the Head Start early childhood program but an amendment added at the last minute could put the jobs of LGBT education workers at risk.

The bill, which now goes to the Senate, aims at improving teacher quality in preschool programs. About 900,000 preschoolers from low income families currently take part Head Start. The extension passed Thursday seeks to increase that to more than 1 million.

The School Readiness Act, which is backed by the White House, passed 231-184 with most Democrats and a handful of Republicans voting against it after an amendment was added that would allow taxpayer funded faith-based organizations to discriminate in employment.

The amendment put forward by Rep. John Boehner (R Ohio) will allow faith-based Head Start providers to hire exclusively on the basis of adherence to a particular religion. The provision could allow an employer to use “religion” as a proxy to fire a gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender Head Start teacher. The amendment also threatens to override local and state nondiscrimination laws that protect workers from discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.

The White House backed the amendment to the bill, saying it would protect religious groups from having to “forfeit their religious hiring autonomy.”

During debate, Rep. Maxine Waters (D Cal) called the amendment divisive. “A faith-based initiative has no place in Head Start. Don’t start the resegregation of America.”

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