Michigan Teachers Union Wants NO Christian Teachers

The Michigan teachers union apparently doesn’t want any Christian teachers as “non-Christian” teachers are given special consideration for new positions.

The union contract in Ferndale Public Schools in Oakland County, Michigan, specifically stipulates that Christian candidates will be given less consideration than minorities and teachers of other religious convictions.

As Michigan’s Mackinac Center reports, the state’s Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act prohibits discrimination in employment and public services on the basis of religion but the teachers union is essentially breaking that law while pretending to follow it.

The Michigan Education Association is essentially breaking that law with its rules on which teachers will be given consideration for open jobs.

Here is how the MEA’s rule reads:

Should there be two (2) or more of these applicants with equal qualifications for the position and one (1) or more of these applicants with equal qualifications is a current employee, the current employee with the greatest seniority shall be assigned. Special consideration shall be given to women and/or minority defined as: Native American, Asian American, Latino, African American and those of the non-Christian faith. However, in all appointments to vacant positions, the Board’s decision shall be final.

This codifies that Christians will be discriminated against.

“This just strikes me as so un-American that they can put in open language for people to see that they are going to be discriminating against Christians,” Richard Thompson, president of the Thomas More Law Center in Ann Arbor told the Mackinac Center. “Why would they be discriminating against Christians? They are not supposed to be discriminating against people for their religious beliefs. It’s outrageous. And I believe it’s unconstitutional.”

Thompson also wondered why and/or how the MEA was determining the religious beliefs of teachers. Are they requiring teachers to declare their religion? IF so, isn’t this a violation of the law, too?

Once again we see that our teachers unions are essentially an un-American enterprise.

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  • Paul Hooson

    Several of my favorite teachers and college professors have been Jewish. If this results in more Jewish teachers, I don’t think that would entirely a bad thing. – But, you’re point is right that this language is indeed odd in it’s choice of preferences.

    • Jwb10001

      It’s all cool until they decide that long haired people with beards can’t own strip clubs then I bet you’ll have some skin in the game.

      • jim_m

        Indeed. Lefties always are willing to let any oppression based on superficial characteristics go unchallenged as long as it does not affect themselves. They never consider that by allowing one tyranny to continue without opposition that inevitably there will be another and another until eventually, they are in a group selected for oppression. Of course, any warnings of this nature are dismissed as paranoid ravings of the conservative fringe. The left knows that they will always be immune to tyranny. Since they impose it they believe that they will always be part of the in crowd. They will never be the ones being thrown under the bus for the sake of the survival of the administration.

      • Paul Hooson

        I think it’s actually illegal the hiring goals they have, especially when it comes to asking one’s religion. I think Warner has a real point here presenting this, although I don’t completely agree with his full analysis.
        I’ve been having to deal with some discrimination issues of my own here. My staffers are mostly Black, because this is a mostly Black neighborhood where my bar is. But, some police as well as City officials have already told me what kind of music I should be allowed to play here, which means no Hip Hop. But, the dancers, staffers and customer all like this sort of music. So because of the larger Black customer base, the police and City are now obstructing my liquor license, forcing me to sell my business to a team of all-White managers who I told to hire a lawyer if the police and City attempt to use race based grounds to obstruct their liquor license as well. – I’m also unsure whether my biker background also plays into city or police reservations, But, I’m an independent biker not affiliated with any club, but friendly to all club members and welcome all club members here as long as they are well behaved and respect the girls and the place and don’t bring weapons into the club.

        • jim_m

          The whole point is that you cannot legally ask about someone’s religion, so they will be forced to make decisions based on the skin color, facial features and surnames of the applicants.

          In other words this law demands that hiring managers be explicitly racist in their hiring decisions.

  • Hank_M

    Why not just be more specific and stipulate that white men need not apply and white christian men are two-fors for exclusion?

    Not that it matters anymore since male teachers are an endangered species.

  • Lawrence Westlake

    That last graf actually is an insult to un-American enterprises. That aside, it would be easy simply to lump this in with the leftism-as-mental disorder encyclopedia, but on this particular issue there are ripple effects that ultimately will destroy the country. As we all know the public school unions are so far to the retarded left (BIRM) they make the media look sentient and rational. Meanwhile the unemployment and underemployent rates for the age 16-24 demographic are at Grapes of Wrath levels. The teachers’ unions are creating a sub-demographic of millions upon millions of people who have no chance possibly to succeed. Politics has consequences. And the notion there are “no differences” between the likes of Scott Walker, Rick Snyder or Tom Corbett and the likes of Jim Doyle, Jennifer Granholm or Ed Rendell, itself is a form of a mental disorder.

  • Vagabond661

    Don’t ask. Don’t tell.

  • JWH

    I wouldn’t say that want “no” Christian teachers. They’re just enshrining a bit of affirmative action into their contract. But this reads as pretty odd to me, considering that an employer can get in serious trouble just for asking about an employee’s religion.

    • LiberalNightmare

      So, your contention is, that people who make a living writing and negotiating contracts did this by accident?

  • jim_m

    White Christians need not apply.

    • LiberalNightmare

      Just as long as they keep paying their union dues.

  • RichFader

    We had this discussion a couple of hundred years ago. They don’t get to do that.

  • mikegiles

    Simple enough; they’re looking for Muslims to teach in Dearborn.

    • Best answer: Exactly ,it’s a sign to have Muslims know they are welcome, to be able to conduct more false flags. Watch out, for the Godless MEA. America is getting duped and the school kids are being dumbed down
      by the Regime.

  • Michael Lang

    Let the lawsuits begin.

  • Par4Course

    Two questions: First: You have no problem with giving preference to “Native American, Asian American, Latino, [and] African American” applicants, but think they shouldn’t discriminate against Christians? Hiring people based on their color or ethnicity is repugnant to all decent people. Second, what business is it of the MEA or any other employer what religion, if any, the applicant follows? It’s none of the business of any employer what religion an applicant is. Article VI of the U.S. Constitution bans any religious test for office, and that is or ought to be the law for all employers that are not religious or religion-affiliated institutions.

    • I’m all for hiring the best people for the job. That’s it – full stop. I don’t care what they look like or what they believe. (They do need to bathe regularly, though – that’s simple courtesy for others.)

  • ClassAct4

    Taking this clause in the historical context of the early ’70’s, both Ferndale, and neighboring Oak Park, had a predominant Jewish community. For better or for worse, it appears the clause was included to insure teachers reflected the then existing student community.

    • jim_m

      Then it would have been far more appropriate to state clearly that, all things being equal, if there are two candidates to choose from the candidate which more closely reflects the ethnic mix of the community should be selected. Of course that might actually lead to a white person being favored in some circumstances and that would be evil.

      The point is to select against whites and Christians. No amount of bullshit from lefty apologists will paper over that sad fact.

  • jim_m

    Sorry for the off topic comment, but Fred Phelps of the Westboro Baptist Church has died. In the same spirit that he treated others: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3GwjfUFyY6M

    • His twisted mentality had no chance of lasting. In two days, he’ll essentially be forgotten, and though he may make a footnote in a history book he’ll have less lasting significance than a pet rock.

      • jim_m

        The good news is that as a life long democrat he will still get to vote.

        • LiberalNightmare

          Speaking as a veteran, I think his funeral would be a nice place for a gay pride parade.

  • 914

    Segregated dumbing down. It’s all good until their heads are lopped off and houses burned.

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