Dr. Al Mohler has a very interesting blog post today on this particular subject here. After reading it, I wondered how far this issue could extend. For example, let's say a church sought some financing from a local financial institution in order to complete a building project. Assume that financial institution has recently received government monies from the TARP or some other government "stimulus" package. Do you believe the government would attempt to exert its regulatory practices over ANY group who uses funding from this institution? In other words, since this church is using funding ultimately provided, to some degree, by the federal government, that church must now comply with the hiring practices established by the federal government?
I truly hope this whole scenario is quite a stretch. But, given the political climate of our day, perhaps it is not. Do you have any thoughts on this?