Answers In Genesis Creation Museum Legal Discrimination Practices In Hiring

Earlier this week, I received one of my usual spammy job listings emails. You know, the head hunter types that have job potentials to check out since my “skill set matches what the employer is looking for.” Naturally, I never look at such emails because I am completely satisfied working for the postal service. Just ignore my head shaking in disagreement as I say that. Still, I noticed a company in the subject line of the email that caught my attention, and at first, I’d thought I wasn’t reading it correctly, so I opened the correspondence and was dumbfounded to see I hadn’t read it wrong at all. Indeed, Answers In Genesis was hiring, and I apparently seemed to be a matching candidate.AIGadNow being the adventurous girl that I am, and after much online prodding from some fellow adventurous friends, I went ahead and applied. I was curious to see if the stories were true about the whole religious nature of the application. I was under the impression they (AIG) were no longer doing such things since they’d burned their tax rebate incentives. Or at least, they were going to tone it down from demanding a statement of faith, a church reference, and a reference including at least one Christian. This is just the basic volunteer application. It’s a wonder there wasn’t a demand for genetic coding to check for direct linkage to King David.

As I started the online employment application, I quickly realized that the volunteer form was just the tip of the iceberg, and I hope State officials deciding the struggling Ark Park’s fate take a cleaver to the beast once and for all. Check this out. Now this is an application for the AIG offices or the Creation Museum, not the Ark Park, and everything I show here is completely legal. On the initial application page, it seems pretty innocuous with run of the mill questions. Are you 18 or older? Do you have a high school diploma? Have you read our statement of faith? Do you agree with our statement of faith 100%? W-w-w-hat?image2I didn’t see a link anywhere to read this statement bit, but I figure it was the usual run of the mill “do you believe our version of gawd” speech and faked it. You have to choose yes or no. If you don’t you cannot complete the application, and I am sure a no vote filters you out.

Now, the next page was the usual equal opportunity to hire bit. Or at least, I thought it was at first until I read all the way through the list of...Read more here on my blog The Bluegrass Skeptic...

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Comment by Michael Penn on June 14, 2015 at 3:48am

None the less, Ken is still a Ham and there are no Answers In Genesis.

Comment by Bluegrass Skeptic on June 13, 2015 at 4:07pm

Oh, I agree, that depending on the business, certain exclusions might apply. I wish there were a point though where a line is drawn. Dan Arel made a good point on a cross posting where he thinks that if you're a security guard, it shouldn't matter if you are religious or not. If you aren't performing duties in a ministry task, a line should be drawn. There is a case out right now where a security guard was released from his job based on "religious grounds". Had zero to do with his actual duties. It made it through the first round of court trials, and is moving up to a federal circuit. I wish I had the link. Interesting stuff. As far as the tax issue, it is kind of hooked into the employment. Ark Encounter, while owned as a for profit, will be have its operations run as a non profit.... I really have a problem with this manipulation. I guess, I just want our tax codes to really lay down the law on what constitutes a place of worship. No more vague ambiguity.

Comment by jay H on June 13, 2015 at 7:08am

First, I think it's important to separate the tax issue from the employment questions.

Interpretations have varied widely, but when religion (or other characteristic) is specifically related to the job, it should not be inappropriate to consider that. By contrast, Walmart would not be able to justify arbitrarily not hiring Muslims because that is immaterial to the performance of the job. (The recent hubub about a Caucasion being cast in an Asian role in a movie is an example of that. To select an actor on the basis of their race is certainly a form of 'racial discrimination', but there is sometimes a reason for it.)

Whether an organization is profit or non profit doesn't (or shouldn't) be a big factor in whether the job is selective or not, and as  stupid as the creationist museum is, they probably could justify it (and as far as I'm concerned, I would consider that a valid reason--free speech and all)

[There have been a number of cases (abortion/anti abortion, environmental, animal rights etc) where people have attempted to get hired by an organization diametrically opposed to their views just so they can 'get offended' and attempt a lawsuit.]

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