Update: HUD Backs Off Michigan Woman Seeking Christian RoommateNov 05, 2010
It's okay to seek a Christian roommate after all! This big sigh of relief comes from news reports that the Department of Housing and Urban Development will not pursue any type of anti-discrimination complaint against a Michigan woman who advertised in her church bulletin for a Christian roommate. Alleluia! In America, you can still choose to live with whom you want! According to FoxNews.com:
The complaint filed by the Fair Housing Center of West Michigan had accused the unidentified 31-year-old woman of posting an ad that "expresses an illegal preference for a Christian roommate, thus excluding people of other faiths."
HUD acknowledged that statements suggesting a preference for one religion are prohibited, but it concluded that the woman in this case didn't violate the law.
"In light of the facts provided and after assessing the unique context of the advertisement and the roommate relationship involved in this particular situation potentially involving the sharing of personal religious beliefs, the Department defers to Constitutional considerations in reaching its conclusion. Accordingly, the Department finds that there is no reasonable cause to believe that the Act was violated in this matter," HUD said.
How charitable of Big Brother HUD. The language of the ad is "prohibited" but she was within her constitutional rights. Liberal bureaucratic doublespeak.
Clearly this woman has a right to pick and choose who she wants to live with. Christians shouldn't live in fear of being punished by the government for being Christians. It is completely absurd to try to penalize a single Christian woman for privately seeking a Christian roommate at church — an obviously legal and constitutionally protected activity.
All of which is so clearly obvious except to those extreme few — in and out of government — who believe in government control and that government knows best. However few, it is a determined few, and worthy of remaining diligent against. The fact that this was even an issue shows that freedom and values are still on the defensive and a rollback of the Leviathan is in much need.