Thursday, July 24, 2014

Looking For A Job? Self Identifying As "Religious" Lowers Your Chances

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You are 26% less likely to get the job if your resume indicates you are religious.

That's stunning, given the fact that this nation was founded by Christians upon Christian values and principles. Our freedoms and rights in America are recognized in our Founding Documents as being from our "Creator."

Why can't I be religious and get the job?

Sociologists at the University of Connecticut sent out 3200 fake resumes of fictitious recent college graduates that either listed participation in a campus ministry or a non-religious club.

Then they recorded which resumes received responses, and what kind of responses were received from employers.

The study's authors recorded which resume received response from employers, and whether the responses were made via email or phone.

A resume that got a phone call was seen as being more valuable to the employer.

Of the 14% of "applicants" that were contacted by at least one employer, "religious" applicants were 26% less likely to hear back at all, 24% less likely to receive emails and 30% less likely to receive phone calls.

Of the fictitious applicants who heard back from more than one employer, those with a religious affiliation on their resume received 31% fewer contacts, 29% fewer emails and 33% fewer phone calls than those in the control group without religious affiliation.

These resumes were sent to employers near large Southern US cities, however, researchers also conducted a nearly identical study a year ago in large Northern US cities with only slightly different results.

Resumes with religious affiliation sent to employers in the Northeast received 25% less phone calls, but there was no significant difference in the number of emails received.

Despite the geographic differences, results from both studies show an increased effort to "privatize" religion, particularly the Christian faith----and remove any expression of it from the public square.

The new secular norm advanced by secular progressives, is that religious beliefs are private and although you may practice them in a church building, you must not do so in public.

In the past couple of years we have seen a violent attack on military personnel---particularly in the Air Force, for simply sharing their faith in Jesus Christ with their peers.

They have been labeled as "proselytizing" while action has been taken against them, often jeopardizing their military career.

Students K- college have been confronted and silenced for expressing their faith in Jesus Christ or even referencing biblical quotes in public education. We saw it during this past graduation time and will see it again this coming Christmas season.

Every effort is made to destroy the businesses of owners who believe in traditional marriage and the sanctity of life.

We've seen the merciless attacks on Hobby Lobby, Conestoga, the Benham brothers, Chick-fil-A, Duck Dynasty and anyone else who believes in the biblical model of marriage and the sanctity of life---the list is long.

And here locally we've seen the Stormans family in Olympia attacked by the state, Planned Parenthood and the abortion industry because they believe in the sanctity of life and won't sell abortion pills in their pharmacy.

Arlene's Flowers and Gifts in Richland is being litigated by the state. Barronelle Stutzman, the owner, told me personally that her legal advisers have told her the battle to save her business will cost at least $500,000 and take at least 5 years.

Sweet Cakes by Melissa in Gresham, Oregon was owned and operated by a married couple who believes marriage is only between one man and one woman. The state of Oregon is investigating them because of what they believe and the fact that they could not in good conscience provide services for a same-sex "wedding." Now they have been forced out of business and are working out of their home selling their baked goods online.

It's not surprising that now some employers are discriminating against Christians simply because they are "religious."

What now? "Be on the alert, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong" (I Corinthians 16:3).

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  1. What would be interesting to know is how many businesses have changed course because of new laws. I know I have -- no hiring of employees (contractors only) and changed service offerings.

  2. Interesting spin, but the actual study showed the southern employers were less likely to call people of any faith be that atheist, pagan, Catholic and even a religion they made up. These employers were applying a religious litmus test on who they wanted as employees. Top of the list? Islam.

    Yes, we would all hate to think a business would refuse us because they don't like our beliefs or what our beliefs let us do compared with someone at the businesses. Or because of our race, ethnicity, political affiliation or sexual orientation for that matter.

    But I don't see how there can be outrage over this and not over the business that applies a religious litmus test to its customers and refuses them service because they don't like their beliefs, for example Arleen's Flowers here in Washington state.

    Lets all just agree that religious litmus tests by businesses dealing with the public is bad be it their prospective employees or the people they offer to sell things to, ok? That would be a great beginning for understanding.

  3. I'm a Christian, a member of the Body of Christ.
    Ray Brensike

  4. A religious litmus test for employees is clearly unconstitutional. Who a business chooses to sell to is not. If they don't want my business, so what? There are plenty of places that do.

    Craig in Lacey

    Craig in Lacey

    1. Yeah, situational ethics isn't my thing. Of course this story is a bit odd anyway considering the three highest groups religiously discriminated against were Islam, atheist and Catholic. Jews and Evangelicals actually suffered the lowest from putting them on their resume's, not even statistically significant in several of the metrics.

      Again, if you aren't going to sell to someone because of their religion or beliefs don't advertise to them because once you have made an offer of sale their constitutional right to religious freedom trumps the non-existent right to religious discrimination.

    2. Then Arlene's Flowers should be able to advertise that they don"t do homosexual "weddings", as should the baker. The Stormans should be able to advertise they don't sell abortion drugs.

      Craig in Lacey

    3. Or they can do what the law says and just make the offer of sale to only those they think are the 'right people'. They can't make a universal offer of sale and then apply the religious litmus test as should be obvious to anyone who's read the US or state constitution.


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