Let me ask a slightly different question.
What would you do if you were an employer and you had a candidate for, say, a database administrator job who’s got best qualifications and experience for the job except for the faith requirement? If you turn the candidate down, wouldn’t this be working against the organization’s best interests?
I also wonder about requiring that people who deal with the general public profess a certain faith. If I’m stopping into a fast-food joint to grap a quick lunch, I’m willing to have a side of witnessing rather than a side of fries, and I suspect both will raise my blood pressure equally.
Also, despite the amount of time I spend arguing religion on this Board, my faith is an intensely personal matter to me. I differ from my local bishop’s stand on homosexuality, yet I still consider myself to be Episocopalian. If I applied for a job in my city which had a requirement that all applicants must be Episcopalian, would it still be legitimate for me to claim to be so, despite disagreement with my city’s official position?
Finally, I’d like to hear what people would think if someone converted to a religion, if only in name, in order to get a job.
I’m less uncomfortable with religious organizations discriminating against people of other faiths than I am with employers in general, but I still don’t like it. Employers have power, the supply of jobs is variable and right now, for tech workers, it’s dead short. If enough employers require that employees have the same faith, people who don’t follow that faith are going to have increasingly limited options when it comes to work. Eventually, if taken to a logical extreme, such people will wind up unable to find work, and such employers will wind up unable to find employees. Eventually, the former wind up in a “Convert or else!” situation.
As a Christian, I’m not likely to be discriminated against because of my faith, but as a database programmer, I’d say my faith isn’t relative to my skills on a day-to-day basis. It affects my work, just as it affects the things I say, but I’m more willing to work with a compentent atheist than an incompetent Christian, even though the latter might provoke more prayer.
Sorry if this is incoherent. I’m just very leery of discrimination because I’ve seen how it can be twisted even if it did originally start with good intentions. I’ve also experienced it firsthand, and it wasn’t a pleasant experience.