Yesterday a court ruled that international relief agency World Vision can hire and fire its staff on the basis of their faith and still get federal dollars. Employees must sign WV's highly specific faith statement which includes believing a virgin got knocked up, that Heaven and Hell exist, and the Bible is infallible (no word about how to treat conflicting translations), among other things. "Our hiring policy is vital to the integrity of our mission to serve the poor as followers of Jesus Christ," the charity said in a statement. Exactly how believing a teenager got knocked up without doing the nasty is essential to its mission, WV didn't say. But that aside, what's a progressive, religiously tolerant charity supporter to do?
Luckily the Northwest has other organizations doing similar work with far more conscience-friendly hiring practices.
Mercy Corps - A Portland-based disaster relief agency with offices in Seattle.
PATH - Provides birth control and medical services to developing countries.
- This one local, supporting everything from preschools and developmental disability programs to senior housing centers. Technically VOA is a church, but you don't have to be religious to work there, proving that not all religious organizations are inherently intolerant. Praise Jesus.
Habitat for Humanity - Based in Atlanta, Jimmy Carter's favorite charity builds homes for low-income families here (and around the world). It is explicitly faith-based, but does not require its employees to be believers.
And just as a head's up, other local organizations similar to World Vision or doing local charitable work requiring statements of faith include: