The “Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity” Clause Could Be Devastating

by Ken Ham on June 3, 2015

Here is a news item involving yet more undermining of the free exercise of religion in this nation. This in fact should be alarming to all Americans if they truly understood the implications in regard to the Constitution and the freedom of religion in America.

A source within the federal government has informed the Friday Fax that the White House is quietly moving forward with a policy change that will require charitable humanitarian groups to accept LGBT applicants in order to qualify for government funding, even those religious groups that might have religious objections. . . . the White House has recently directed federal agencies to include the “sexual orientation and gender identity” clause in all grant agreements. The US Agency for International Development (USAID) has agreed to make this change and is said to be weeks away from implementation. . . . The implication of this change would be devastating to those most in need if charitable organizations have to end programs in the poorest regions around the globe if they no longer are eligible for government grants. One defense left to faith-based groups would be a claim under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. But the problem with that is it would be the grant recipient who would have to make the claim and take the government to court. This would be a long and costly proposition and success would be far from certain. . . . The White House has been under pressure from Democratic Congressman Bobby Scott and others to remove the religious exemption altogether from the Johnson-era executive order that President Obama amended last summer to include gays. . . . This change is just the latest of a series of religious liberty challenges directed at charitable organizations by the Obama administration.

One has to understand that this is the door opening more and more where the government is imposing a state religion on the culture—it's not just going to stop at those who receive grants—it will be tax deductibility next (as that is no different in essence to a government grant as it’s a financial benefit from the government), and then it will be for all Christian organizations and so on.

I urge you to read the rest of this item here.

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