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.
Last July, President Obama used his pen to sign an executive order prohibiting federal contractors from discriminatory hiring practices based upon sexual orientation and gender identity. Although order was specifically related to federal procurement and contracts, it didn't include grant recipients that substantially outnumber contract recipients.
The White House recently directed federal agencies to include the "sexual orientation and gender identity" clause in all grant agreements. For its part, the US Agency for International Development (USAID) agreed to make this change and is said to be weeks away from implementation. Federal agencies are now being pressured to make this change without a subsequent executive order. For its part, the State Department legal office advised the White House that this is not a legal matter but a matter of policy.
This policy change, Ruse observes, will make matters "exponentially worse for faith-based groups who perform humanitarian tasks and receive...financial grants for doing so."
How so? Those most in need across the globe will be negative impacted if charitable organizations have to terminate programs if they no longer are eligible for government grants.
The Obama administration continues its war against religious liberty. When will those Catholics who believe the Obama administration has their best interests at heart wake up and smell the coffee?
Let the discussion begin...
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