Saturday, January 31, 2009

Faith-Based Hiring and the Obama Administration

The Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life has posted the transcript of a Q&A with GWU law professor Chip Lupu regarding faith-based hiring and the Obama Administration.

Professor Lupu predicts that the new president's Office of Legal Counsel will disagree with its predecessor's conclusion that the Religious Freedom Restoration forbids the federal government from imposing religion nondiscrimination strings on religious recipients of federal money.

Professor Lupu also observes that the new administration might seek to add new nondiscrimination strings to specific program funding and/or take away existing protections for religious staffing freedom in certain other programs (e.g., Temporary Assistance to Needy Families).