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March 19, 2014

Christians Need Not Apply

Any readers of Stand Firm planning on applying for a job with the Ferndale (Michigan) School District? Don’t bother:

The contract ran from 2011 to 2012 but was extended to 2017. The teachers belong to the Ferndale Education Association, a division of theMichigan Education Association.

Regarding promotion to a vacant position, it states on page 22:

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.

Earlier in the contract is a “no discrimination clause” that states no employee can be discriminated against based on their religion. [Emphasis in original.]

Michigan Capitol Confidential found this, and Ed Morrissey of Hot Air brought it to a much bigger audience. This is where diversity-mongering has gotten us–open, explicit discrimination against Christians.

Two specific problems with this: first, it is a blatant violation of the First Amendment’s so-called “Establishment Clause,” one so egregious it makes one wonder whether anyone connected to either the school board or the teachers’ union has ever so much as glanced at a copy of the Constitution. Second, it is a violation of who-knows-how-many civil rights and employments laws, because it necessarily involves asking questions specifically forbidden by those laws such as “what religious beliefs to you hold?” or “what church do you attend?” Once again, this is wrong on so many counts that only someone who has been hermetically sealed away from any contact with American culture over the last fifty years would not know how illegal this is. And only a teachers’ union representative or a union-compliant school board would not instantly recognize how genuinely un-American this is.

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Sadly, such people as these education unions, don’t care as long as it promotes their ideas about preference. They don’t see “preference” as discrimination even though it really is.

[1] Posted by SC blu cat lady on 3-19-2014 at 11:01 PM · [top]

One wonders: might “non-Christian religion” meant Islam?

[2] Posted by Words Matter on 3-19-2014 at 11:38 PM · [top]

What is “the [singular] non-Christian faith”?  And would it exclude atheists who claim (falsely) to have no faith at all?

[3] Posted by James Manley on 3-20-2014 at 07:26 AM · [top]

What, no special carve-out for the LGBT?

[4] Posted by Undergroundpewster on 3-20-2014 at 08:35 AM · [top]

From the article Mario links:

“Ferndale Public Schools spokeswoman Shelley Rose says the 2,190-student district didn’t realize the clause was in the lengthy document until the Mackinac Center contacted it Monday.”

So apparently the school district signs contracts without reading them. That’s reassuring.

[6] Posted by David Fischler on 3-20-2014 at 09:42 AM · [top]


[7] Posted by SC blu cat lady on 3-20-2014 at 09:51 AM · [top]

Sort of like how Democrats voted for the ACA without reading it.

[8] Posted by Katherine on 3-20-2014 at 10:39 AM · [top]

Why anyone would want to give over their children to support and be indoctrinated by creatures like these is a mystery. Starve the beast.

[9] Posted by SpongJohn SquarePantheist on 3-20-2014 at 10:41 AM · [top]

I’m a Ferndale resident. The present board is a different board. It was just this sort of thing that made it easy for the first time in ages for an ENTIRE reform slate to move in as of the November ‘12 election. Presumably after the re-up of the contract in ‘11-‘12. The board was ossified. Here’s an example of the previous board: we have the opportunity to cross district lines here in Michigan. There were yard signs for the incumbents next to proud parent signs for neighboring districts. One of my neighbors proudly advertised their son’s football prowess nearby while supporting the incumbents (grand parents all whose grand children were often not attending Ferndale schools). Ferndale is justifiably famous for strong arts education and at best, mediocrity everywhere else. This board is slowly turning that around.

Of the five members of the reform board now operating, I estimate at least three are of various Christian faiths. Most are political liberals, so I am impressed that they responded so quickly and congenially to Mackinac’s entreaty. Up here, you either love or hate the Mackinac Center. No in between.

[10] Posted by nEpiscompoup on 3-21-2014 at 05:40 PM · [top]

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