President Obama suggested recently that he does not plan to change an executive order that permits some faith-based organizations that receive federal funding to discriminate in hiring based on applicants' religious beliefs. The comments appear to be the first Obama has made on the issue since his presidency.
A Maryland town hall attendee who works for Secular Coalition for America asked Obama about statements he made as a candidate in 2008 when he said, "If you get a federal grant, you can't use that grant money to proselytize to the people you help, and you can't discriminate against them - or against the people you hire - on the basis of their religion."
Obama said said something similar in his remarks Friday. "It's very straightforward that people shouldn't be discriminated against for race, gender, sexual orientation, and - or religious affiliation," he said.
But Obama also appeared to suggest that he does not plan to rescind an executive ...1