The public was invited to listen in and make comments at the conclusion of the conference call. I joined the call and made the following comment:
First let me thank Melissa Rogers and the other members of the Council for the fine work they have done, so please do not take this comment as a criticism of your efforts.The Obama administration referred this issue to the Department of Justice where it has languished for lack of attention.
Many of us are concerned that there be a recommendation that the President should revoke all executive orders, legal memoranda and other documents that state that religious organizations have a legal right to accept tax funds and discriminate in hiring on religious grounds. Many of us believe that tax-funded positions should be open to all Americans, regardless of what they believe or do not believe about religion.
I know that the Council did not address this issue, but it is a serious issue and it needs to be addressed as soon as possible.