Do you list your involvement with religious organizations on your résumé? You may want to cease revealing your religious affiliation on your résumé, a new study by the Southern Sociology Society suggests. The study found that applicants whose résumés included faith affiliations were 26 percent less likely to be contacted by employers.
The Southern Sociology Society researchers sent out 3,200 fake résumés, one a control group of résumés without any religious affiliations and one group of résumés with various religious affiliations indicated by membership in a religious organization in college.
The study suggested that in order to improve their résumés, applicants refrain from publicly displaying their religious affiliations.
Natalie Wyman at The Family Foundation writes:
What does this say about our society? Citizens are advised to hide their religious beliefs so it will be easier to get a job. Shouldn’t we be advising employers to stop discriminating against applicants just because of their religious beliefs? The First Amendment of the Constitution clearly lays out this fundamental right to freedom of religion: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof…” So why does the study suggest that Americans need to restrict their free exercise of religion in order to get a job?
Unfortunately, religious discrimination in the workplace has been escalating in recent years. Studies like this one exemplify the need for more protections for religious liberty in our state and in our country. The purpose of religious liberty is not that everyone must hide their faith for fear of offending others; rather, everyone should be allowed to express their faith in public without fear of being punished.
So much for diversity.