(Photo credit: Wikipedia)
President Obama signed an executive order this week that willfully discriminates against Christian organizations and colleges.
The order demands that businesses and organizations that receive federal funds must hire LGBT folks regardless of religious belief or practice. In the process, the President ignored the pleas of major religious leaders across the country who asked for the religious exemptions to continue in place.
Here’s the story from Citizen Link:
President Obama signed an executive order today that will force Christian universities and organizations to hire people who disagree with God’s timeless design for marriage and relationships. …
The order mandates federal contractors and subcontractors to give special rights in the areas of “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” in the workplace. Christian colleges and organizations are not exempt. …
Without a strong exemption…Christian colleges — could lose federal funding, student financial aid and accreditation.
Response: This executive order is suppose to support the civil rights of everyone including LGBT folks but it will officially codify government discrimination against conservative Christian organizations and institutions. It is tantamount to a declaration by President Obama that LGBT rights now legally trump religious rights when it comes to the federal government.
This continues the dismal record of this President and his administration when it comes to religious liberty and the First Amendment. Here’s a poignant response to the executive order from Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) Senior Counsel Kristen Waggoner asserting that it violates the First Amendment:
“..the administration has “brazenly” bypassed Congress by issuing this order. The administration has declared that “the only religious non-profit organizations it will do business with are those willing to line up with the administration’s doctrine and theology on sexual behavior,” she said. “That’s the kind of government entanglement with religion that the Founders sought to prevent — and that the First Amendment prohibits.”
This is another action by President Obama that will result in hundreds of lawsuits by Christian organizations and institutions. This President is the absolute worst ever when it comes to religious freedom. *Top