The faith-based slippery slope

To the editor: The problem is that nothing in President Obama's executive order prohibiting anti-gay discrimination by federal contractors (including religious organizations) can bar a church from denying membership to gays. ("Religious rights and gay rights," Editorial, Aug. 11) Thus, any anti-gay church can limit job openings to its presumptively heterosexual members. Moreover, should any church member so employed later come out as gay, he or she, like an apostate, can be duly excommunicated — and then fired from a federally funded job for no longer being a member. Churches inherently discriminate against those who don't comport themselves with various tenets....