Monday, February 13, 2012

The faux messiah's unforgiving attitude toward all things religious

Buried underneath the firestorm surrounding the contraceptive mandate during the last few weeks was another brazen exercise in anti-religious bigotry by the Obama Administration. Fortunately, it did not escape the good folks at Anglican Unscripted and Washington Post religion blogger Brad Hirschfield.
Although not known to most people, the federal government maintains a program called Public Service Loan Forgiveness. According to that program, after ten years of public service work, any remaining federal student loans remaining for that worker would be forgiven. But what counts as public service?

Until the end of January, the government definition was clear and inclusive. It read as follows:

“Qualifying employment is any employment with a federal, state, or local government agency, entity, or organization or a non-profit organization that has been designated as tax-exempt by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code (IRC). The type or nature of employment with the organization does not matter for PSLF purposes. Additionally, the type of services that these public service organizations provide does not matter for PSLF purposes.”

Now though, the rules have changed. At the end of the description of who qualifies for this program, a new paragraph appears and it’s striking not only in that it re-defines things, but that it does so in a way that seems purposefully disingenuous.

“Generally, the type or nature of employment with the organization does not matter for PSLF purposes. However, if you work for a non-profit organization, your employment will not qualify for PSLF if your job duties are related to religious instruction, worship services, or any form of proselytizing.”

So after telling us that pretty much everything qualifies, even going out of its way to highlight that neither the type of work nor nature of the organizations matters, the government slips in the fact that if faith or worship are part of your work, you don’t qualify. What?!

You read that right. The federal government, i.e. the Obama Administration via the Department of Education, has amended a student loan forgiveness program so that it specifically excludes religious vocations. This is discrimination, plain and simple, and further evidence that Obama and his minions hold the public exercise of religion in utter contempt. With each passing day, it is becoming more and more difficult to avoid the conclusion that the faux messiah is engaging in a deliberate effort to eliminate his competition.