Use of religion in hiring decisions OK - NPR audio, cannot find anything in text, strange enough. The Salvation Army up until a few years ago accepted federal money and hired people without regard to their religion. In the past few years, they have reversed this policy, and now scrutinize their employees religion. The City of Portland, Maine will not do business with the Salvation Army because it will not hire homosexuals. "Jews and Catholics need not apply." OK, so the real targets will be Wiccans, atheists, gays (with the exception of a few states so far - until Federal laws trump them), lesbians, Mormons, Muslims, and other groups that it is popular to hate in the US. Keep in mind that this is your tax money funding this, and it does not matter if you are the most qualified person. And the sad thing is that this sort of thing is getting to the level that the precedents are now laid (both in the laws/practice and in judicial decisions) - it will take decades to recover from the spate of government pushing religion. And that is being optimistic. Part of me hopes that some ultra-fundamentalist group takes real control of the direction so the mainstream Christians understand (once again) why the separation of Church and State is good for religion as well as the non-religious. Here's to hoping that the direction changes before atheist "reeducation" camps pop up.