A Christian charity that runs the largest homeless shelter in the US state of Wyoming has been cleared to hire only staff who share its Biblical beliefs.
The Wyoming Rescue Mission filed a lawsuit in response to the threat of punishment from state and federal officials for only hiring Christian employees.
Its lawyers successfully argued that the First Amendment of the US Constitution protects the ministry’s right to hire Christians exclusively.
That was enshrined in the settlement of the case.
The Rescue Mission’s ‘Career Opportunities’ webpage explicitly states that “Employees are expected to commit to the precepts in its Statement of Faith.”
“Employees must also be willing to lead or participate in Bible study, prayer, devotions, and sharing the Gospel”.
The lawsuit came after the charity refused to hire a self-proclaimed non-Christian in its thrift store.
That position required the successful applicant to teach the ministry’s Discipleship Recovery Program on how to spread the gospel and model Jesus Christ.
The non-Christian filed a discrimination charge against the Rescue Mission.
State officials found that the homeless charity had violated employment and civil rights laws while ignoring that those laws didn’t apply to faith-based organisations and religiously-based decisions.
CBN News reports the state government capitulated once a counter claim was filed.