A memorandum just released by the Bush administration allows government-funded religious groups to restrict hiring to those who adhere to their beliefs. The memo deals specifically with government funding of World Vision, a group that hires only Christians. The government has agreed to fund a World Vision program that works to keep at-risk youth from joining gangs. The memo says that the government is allowed to give taxpayer money to religious groups that hire only members of their own faith under the 1993 Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which protects religious freedom. Both John McCain and Barack Obama say they support faith-based organizations, yet they differ on this issue. Obama has said that government funding should not be allowed to groups that hire only those of their faith and McCain thinks religious groups should be allowed to hire in accordance with their faith.
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