said 11 months, 3 weeks ago:
Hiring based on political or religious affiliation is a form of discrimination. But of course, people get hired based on these criteria all the time. Both perspectives discussed in this thread are valid arguments and my viewpoint is that everyone here is free to do business however they choose. Provided you don’t try to impose your values on me or my business.
From a business perspective, I try to remain as impartial as possible. For example, I view all politicians the same: useless. The same goes for all religion: equally useless. For example, I’ve done an Anti-Romney graphic design and I will also be doing an Anti-Obama design. I will do business with anyone who wants to pay me money. Whether they want to do business with me is another matter.
As for working for / with someone who opposes my opinions / beliefs, I wouldn’t unless there was a REALLY good reason to do so and I don’t think they would want to work with me.
Hate speech is a very subjective thing. Too often harsh criticism is labeled as hate speech. People have become so thin skinned that if they don’t like what you have to say, they call it hate. Plus the First Amendment protects all speech. As for myself, in my writing and artwork, I have redefined what the N word means and the people it refers to. I’ve also done wordplays using the word renege. A lot of my biggest fans are the people the N word used to solely encompass.
Appropriateness is a factor as well. Some speech or writing styles aren’t appropriate here, for example, so I don’t use them.
Religious organizations tend to be non-profits, so they’re not considered businesses even though they use a corporate model.
In conclusion, while my opinion remains that a business can hire whoever they want, I view the practice of hiring based on politics or religion as no different than hiring based on the color of an applicant’s skin. The exception would be when such requirements involving political or reigious affiliation are the same as someone wanting to hire a welder requiring applicants to have a certificate or degree in welding.