Faith-based bill draws ire

Denver Daily News By: Peter Marcus State Rep. Alice Madden will redraft legislation that would prevent faith-based nonprofits from discriminating against employees that do not share similar religious beliefs. A protest of the proposed legislation, however, will continue as planned even though the legislation does not address faith-based programs and curriculums. House Bill 1080 — as currently drafted – would

Specter of ‘Bigotry’ in Nonprofits Bill Debate Rocky Mountain News

This article originally ran in the Rocky Mountain News. By: Jean Torkelson A bill that addresses employment discrimination has set loose the B word – bigotry – in a clash this week between Archbishop Charles Chaput and Bruce DeBoskey, regional director of the Anti-Defamation League. In his newspaper column published Wednesday, Chaput urges Catholic voters to protest HB 1080 as

Nooses Remind Us: We Can’t be Silent Bystanders

This column ran in the January 2008 edition of the Denver Urban Spectrum. This fall, an African-American employee of the Arapahoe County Weatherization Department found a noose hanging in the cab of one of the department’s work trucks. A month later, another African-American colleague found a second noose in a department insulation trailer. Two months later, yet another noose was

The Hurtful and the Hateful – Boulder is no place for hate

Boulder Daily Camera This editorial ran in the Boulder Daily Camera on December 25, 2007. The Orthodox Jewish community celebrated this week when the Boulder City Council voted in favor of granting a lease to provide for the implementation of an eruv — a virtually unnoticeable, non-taxpayer funded symbolic boundary that will provide a greater quality of life for many

ADL Expresses Serious Concern over Noose, Razor Blade Allegations

The Mountain States Region of the Anti-Defamation League today expressed its very serious concern over allegations reported in the media that two Arapahoe County employees were subjected to racial harassment, including incidents when nooses were found in their work areas, unwrapped razor blades were placed in a tool belt, and racial slurs, comments and jokes were made by fellow employees.