Three out of the five persons chosen for Pittsburgh's reactivated Ethics Hearing Board are religious professionals.
Yeah, yeah, yeah, I'm sure that they are all highly ethical people but call me a goddamned, cranky, old atheist for having a visceral reaction to this all too automatic equating of religion with ethics -- especially in a governmental setting. (see world history/current events).
According to the Post-Gazette:
The Ethics Hearing Board has the power to investigate city officials and employees for violations of the city codeI really have no idea why religious professionals who are more concerned with the ethics involved in saving souls are particularly qualified to judge city code violations.
At least one of the board members is a lawyer. Make all the jokes you want to about ethics and lawyers, but that pick does seem a hell of a lot more relevant than the clergy members chosen.