In keeping with Bush's power-to-the-powerful agenda, the DOJ's civil rights advocacy has shifted from oppressed minorities to religionists, who apparently can't catch a break in what they gleefully call a "Christian nation."
Instead of protecting the least among us, your tax dollars are helping support faith-based discrimination and the blending of church and state:
- Intervening in federal court cases on behalf of religion-based groups like the Salvation Army that assert they have the right to discriminate in hiring in favor of people who share their beliefs even though they are running charitable programs with federal money.
- Supporting groups that want to send home religious literature with schoolchildren; in one case, the government helped win the right of a group in Massachusetts to distribute candy canes as part of a religious message that the red stripes represented the blood of Christ.
- Vigorously enforcing a law enacted by Congress in 2000 that allows churches and other places of worship to be free of some local zoning restrictions. The division has brought more than two dozen lawsuits on behalf of churches, synagogues and mosques.