Roommate Discrimination?

Should the freedom of association mean the freedom to choose who you want to live with? Not according to a ‘fair’ housing organization in Michigan.

A report from a few weeks back notes the following:

A civil rights complaint has been filed against a woman in Grand Rapids, Mich., who posted an advertisement at her church last July seeking a Christian roommate. The ad “expresses an illegal preference for a Christian roommate, thus excluding people of other faiths,” according to the complaint filed by the Fair Housing Center of West Michigan.

What exactly is fair about forcing an individual in a free country to consider roommates she’d rather not is not clearly explained. Perhaps because there can be no reasonable justification for this that doesn’t permeate with an uncomfortably nauseating level of political correctness.

What do you suppose goes through the mind of a group that thinks it is OK to force such a requirement on individuals? The report notes that the argument is apparently that “the Fair Housing Act prevents people from publishing an advertisement stating their preference of religion, race or handicap with respect to the sale or rental of a dwelling.”

What a lofty sounding name for a law: “The Fair Housing Act.” What compassionate person could be against ‘fair housing’, right? Perhaps the person being told by the government who they have to live with.

Has the mantra of ‘equality’ and ‘fairness’ so overly saturated our culture that it can outweigh such a fundamental right as the right to choose who you wish to not only associate with but actually live with? Unfortunately, forced equality tends to violate individual rights like that of free association.

The federal Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has since dismissed this complaint. HUD’s answer as to why wasn’t exactly the best; however, they did give a nod to “Constitutional considerations.”

Beyond this, who would want to room with another person who didn’t want to room with them anyway? Perhaps that’s something to ask the ‘fair’ police at the Fair Housing Center of West Michigan.

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One Response to Roommate Discrimination?

  1. Sheryl Young says:

    I’m glad they dismissed the complaint. The rules of non-discrimination in advertising apply to building owners, owners of 3 or more single family homes, mortgage brokers and salespeople. this woman was just a renter wanting a like-minded roommate for her own apartment.

    I also wrote on this issue! See Yahoo News http://news.yahoo.com/s/ac/20101102/lf_ac/7106366_christian_woman_sued_for_wanting_likeminded_roommate_is_this_still_america

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