Christian colleges cheer Trump administration plan to end religious discrimination against contractors

Sep 30, 2019 by

Supreme Court decisions reminded government ‘of its duty to protect religious exercise.

Every other group gets to hire those in line with its mission

When President Obama barred federal contractors from discriminating in hiring on the basis of “real or perceived sexual orientation” in 2014, an evangelical college president joined Obama’s former faith-based outreach director and other religious nonprofits to ask for exemptions in line with their religious beliefs.

Not only did the Obama administration reject the exemption, but Gordon College faced blowback and retaliation by its local government partners. Its accreditation was threatened, and its federal support was apparently limited to one member of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights.

What a difference five years and a Trump administration makes.

The Department of Labor has proposed a rule that would deliver the exemption, effectively granting religious colleges what they asked for in Obama’s second term.

It would clarify and expand the religious exemptions regarding federal contractors, expanding the definition of “religious organization” from just places of worship to include organizations such as schools and universities.

Source: Christian colleges cheer Trump administration plan to end religious discrimination against contractors | The College Fix

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