Religious Persecution Is Alive and Well in America – Admitting to Faith On Resume Reduces Callbacks by 26%

Religious Persecution Is Alive and Well in America - Admitting to Faith On Resume Reduces Callbacks by 26

Religious persecution is alive and well in America.

Despite the incessant whining and petulant foot-stomping about discrimination based upon the phony designation of same-sex “orientation,” it turns out that people of faith are actually the ones who have something to complain about.

Gallup poll found that 7 out of 10 Americans identify as very or moderately religious. Nevertheless, two recent studies have disclosed that religious identification remains a primary target for employment discrimination. Job applicants, who make reference to membership in a university-related religious organizations on their resumes, can experience up to a 26% reduction in callbacks by prospective employers.

The Washington Times reports:

Scholars with the “Religious Affiliation and Hiring Discrimination” field experiments, conducted in the South and New England, found that “applicants who expressed a religious identity were 26 percent less likely to receive a response from employers.”


The New England study was conducted between July and October 2009, and involved submitting 6,400 resumes for 1,600 job postings within 150 miles of Hartford, Connecticut.

The study in the South was conducted between March and May 2010, and involved 3,200 resumes sent to 800 jobs posted online within 150 miles of two “major Southern cities.”

The jobs included positions in customer service, hospitality, media, retail, real estate, shipping and clerical duties. The postings only required an emailed resume.

Both studies submitted resumes to jobs where a resume could be emailed, and for each posting, several resumes were submitted with similar templates but a variety of faith-based information.

According to the studies, each “candidate” graduated in 2008 or 2009, achieved a 3.7 or higher grade point average, and was “randomly assigned” one of seven religious classifications – atheist, Catholic, evangelical Christian, Jewish, pagan, Muslim, and a fictional “Wallonian” faith. As a control group, they also submitted resumes for which no religious affiliation was mentioned.

“Including such religious information on resumes is realistic for college graduates because they generally lack extensive work histories and tend to compensate by listing involvement in extracurricular activities and volunteer experiences. These activities include participation in political, community, or identity-based organizations,” the studies indicated.

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Source: Barb Wire | 

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