The Church of Scientology has a habit of hiring church employees as part of its church-building operations, and in some cases, the church has hired a church employee to do the same.
A church employee works in the church’s ministry and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is headquartered in Salt Lake City, Utah.
As you might expect, the LDS church is very strict on this, with a set of rules for church employees and no exceptions.
When we asked a church spokesperson for comment, they sent us this response: “We don’t comment on personnel matters, but the church does not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, age, gender, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability.
In fact, church employees have long been afforded the same opportunity to work within the church and its mission as all other members of the church.”
In other words, it’s ok to hire a church worker to do your church’s work for you.
“I feel like there’s something kind of shady going on here,” says Mike Davis, who founded the Church Information Center, a website for Church members.
Davis has worked as a church-worker for 20 years and says he’s never heard of a church employing a church staff member for religious reasons.
“There’s nothing shady about hiring people for church-related activities,” he says.
“They’re doing what they’re supposed to do.”
We have an ongoing dialogue with the church regarding issues relating to hiring and employment, and are always open to feedback.” “
The Church of Latter Day Saints strives to provide an environment that is conducive to the growth of the Church.
We have an ongoing dialogue with the church regarding issues relating to hiring and employment, and are always open to feedback.”
Davis says he doesn’t know if church-owned facilities in Utah are subject to these rules, and if so, what those rules are.
But he does know that the church-affiliated Utah branch of the National Center for Lesbian Rights has a complaint with the Church, because the church did not provide any kind of accommodation for LGBT people, like a “safe space.”
Davis and others say it’s important for the LGBT community to know that religious institutions will not tolerate discrimination.
“If you go to a church and you’re a gay man, you’ll be called a pervert, a perjurer, a murderer, or whatever,” Davis says.
Davis says if a church has to hire someone to do work that’s religious, it should not be doing so to accommodate LGBT people.
“It’s the equivalent of hiring a church member to go into a grocery store and pick up a bucket of tomatoes,” he explains.
“And you know, what are you going to do about it?
Davis wants to see more religious organizations and organizations with no affiliation to the church start to do that kind of thing. “
So that’s not a good idea.”
Davis wants to see more religious organizations and organizations with no affiliation to the church start to do that kind of thing.
“What we’ve seen is the church is a very conservative organization and they don’t have any tolerance for people being different,” Davis said.
“We have to keep going to church every Sunday, but we have to be willing to take the initiative to get rid of those stereotypes and have more tolerance for all different types of people.”
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For more information on LGBT issues, visit the ACLU LGBT Project’s website.