Religious Freedom In Private Business

Employer’s Liberties

Faith Matters: A Call to Correct the Greatest Failure in U.S. Legislative History

I recently attended the Legacy Builders Fellowship in Alexander City. We were studying the 6th chapter of Galatians. The focus of the study was the “law of sowing and reaping” found in that chapter. As we were discussing it, a gentleman made the comment that what is true of an individual is also true of a nation. I could not agree more. I believe the rampant moral degradation in our nation is simply the reaping of what was sown by the addition of the religious component to Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. For those who are not familiar with Title VII, it is where for the first time in our nation’s history the federal government dictated to employers, even private ones (with 15 or more employees), the things they could not consider when making hiring decisions.

Title VII of the Civil Rights Act contains five components: race, skin color, national origin, gender, and religion. What is not contained in Title VII is education. Therefore, when you fill out an application for a job, you are almost always asked what level of education you received, where you received it, and if you are doing anything to further it. This is because our culture values educational development, and thus employers have full freedom to take it into consideration when making hiring decisions.

What does that say about not being able to consider one’s beliefs and faith practices when making hiring decisions? I believe spiritual development is just as important as educational development to success on a job. Ask any employer and they will tell you that almost always the reasons for someone not lasting in a job is due to moral deficiencies rather than deficiencies in the technical aspects of a job. I cannot speak for other religions, but in the Christian faith one’s moral character is only as strong as their faith in Jesus. In the words of Jesus, “A good tree will bear good fruit.”  Therefore, employers should have every right to be concerned about the spiritual development as much if not more than the educational development of an employee.

Of the five components of Title VII, the religious component is the only one that has anything to do with moral character. This fact demonstrates the foolishness of adding religion as a component because it inherently restricts the freedom of employers to hire, lead, and develop their businesses based on any spiritual foundation. We have reaped what we have sown for the last 57 years in essentially declaring as a nation that spiritual development is not any more important to moral character than the color of one’s skin.  Through sowing an emphasis on educational development and neglecting the importance of spiritual development, we have reaped a society that is technologically advanced but morally bankrupt. 

If we want to see our nation turned around, I believe we must begin by sowing the seed of the importance of spiritual development. Please stand with me to amend Title VII of the Civil Rights Act so that the religious component is rescinded.

Doug Bell for US Congress - Alabama's 3rd Distrcit
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