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  •  Rhetorically speaking, yes (5+ / 0-)

    Had one of them refused to answer a question, it would have put them in a bad light, giving the implication that they had something to hide.

    Which would cause many to decide not to vote for that person.

    I think avoiding the religious crap altogether eliminates this possibility.

    Illegal? Not likely, but totally wrong, and essentially the same as a religious question in a job interview, or a de-facto religious test?  Yup.

    "If you can't pay your mortgage, you're a deadbeat. If you can't pay a million mortgages, you're Bear Stearns and they bail you out." ~Bill Maher

    by second gen on Wed Apr 16, 2008 at 04:45:43 PM PDT

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    •  Depends on the job for whether it's illegal. (0+ / 0-)

      ie, churches can certainly have religious tests.  The upshot is that the illegality of religious tests is a statutory minimum, not a constitutional floor.  We can drop that minimum if public policy calls for it.

      So it may be illegal to ask an applicant about religion, but by itself that may not be so illuminating.  To probe the public policy question, we need to talk about why it's illegal, whether it should be for all positions, etc.

      "[G]lobalization is...increasing the efficiency of resource allocation through stronger capital markets" - Barack Obama

      by burrow owl on Wed Apr 16, 2008 at 05:21:43 PM PDT

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