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When my daughters reach the age where a man becomes interested in marrying one of them (which is approaching far too rapidly), I won’t care about his race, skin color, or national origin. My main concern will be if that man has a genuine love for Jesus. I believe that, by far, such love is the most important factor that will determine the success of their marriage. If he truly loves Jesus, he will have a humble and teachable spirit that seeks to be obedient to His Word. Being a diligent working person who will do his best to provide and care for his family will be a natural by-product of a humble person committed to following the Word of God. Such a spouse is my true desire for each of my daughters.

As an employer for 18 years, I felt this same desire about those I hired. It wasn’t exactly the same as a marriage. I could hire people who didn’t share my faith, but it wasn’t preferable. The Bible verse that comes to mind that encompassed my hiring philosophy was… “So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith” (Galatians 6:10). Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch cited the legal definition of discrimination as … “To make a difference in treatment or favor (of one as compared with others).”[i] So, against the winds of modern culture that tries to brainwash us to believe that all discrimination is wrong, I have no problem being forthright and declaring that I wholeheartedly believe in discrimination based on religion in private entities. We all have values we live by, and those values inform us when making decisions such as with whom we will worship, to whom we will enter into marriage, and whom we will choose as our best friends.

When it came to hiring decisions in my own business where I funded the payroll, I didn’t want the government telling me what things I could and could not consider; in many ways this parallels the concept of family and my approval of marriage partners. My family and my business family should be my concern and government need not weigh in. Therefore, as a follower of Jesus seeking to live out the golden rule, I do not want to have any part in the government telling private employers what things they can and cannot consider when making hiring decisions.

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Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 is where the U.S. Congress made a law that dictated what things an employer with 15 or more employees could not consider when making hiring decisions. Title VII had five components, or what many call “protected classes of people.” These were race, skin color, national origin, gender, and religion. In 2020, the Supreme Court judged the gender component of Title VII to now include sexual orientation and gender identity. If elected to the U.S. Congress, I will stand strong to amend Title VII so that it does not apply to private businesses of any size, no matter how much I may agree or disagree with a particular business’ values. To me, it is a no-brainer. In the “land of the free,” what things are considered when making hiring decisions should be up to the one who funds the payroll, not the federal government.

We have seen dismal results in our nation since this overreach of the federal government in 1964. Our work ethic and thus our workforce has increasingly and consistently been weakened. It is my firm belief that genuine morality is rooted in faith in God. To minimize the importance of faith, as was done by the religious component to Title VII which forbade employers from considering it when making hiring decisions, serves as a good explanation for our demise.

One of my high school football coaches frequently said “the cream will rise to the top.” If the freedom I advocate for is restored, I truly believe that, in due time, those who use this freedom wisely will rise to the top and be on display for others to freely emulate. That is how things are supposed to work in the U.S.A. If other nations want to have socialistic policies where the government dictates so much of their lives, I believe they will do so to their own ruin. However, It’s high time for America to wake up and reject an overreaching federal government and return to our nation as founded. I believe Title VII of the Civil Rights Act is one good place to start.

[i] https://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/19pdf/17-1618_hfci.pdf

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