With just a few more weeks left in office, President Obama is vowing to veto a bill that would protect the religious freedoms of those who contract with the federal government.
Each year, the senate considers the renewal of the National Defense Authorization Act. The bill includes funding for the entire Department of Defense. Under language in the bill, people of faith would not have to forfeit their religious liberties just because they choose to contract with the federal government.
“Obama would compel religious organizations to hire people who do not share the organization’s religious beliefs,” said Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch. “It’s difficult to imagine a position more at odds with our heritage of religious freedom.”
Earlier this year, the U.S. House of Representatives approved their version of the bill that contains strong religious freedom protections. The senate will soon do the same.
Autumn Leva, policy director for Family Policy Alliance, said it appears the President wants to make his point one more time before leaving office.
“This boils down to the President, the Commander in Chief,” she said, “threatening to cut funding to those who fight, and at times die, to protect our freedoms, because he doesn’t want to protect religious freedom for Americans. Can anything be more un-American?”
Contact the White House and ask President Obama to please sign the National Defense Authorization bill that contains religious freedom protections.
More than 8,900 students, parents and community members have signed on to a friend-of-the-court brief asking the U.S. Supreme Court to uphold student privacy and safety.
The document concerns the Gloucester County School Board in Virginia. A female student there is asking to use the boys restrooms, locker rooms and changing facilities.
“Schools have a duty to protect the privacy and safety of all students,” said Gary McCaleb, an attorney with Alliance Defending Freedom, which filed the brief. “Decades of court decisions have established that, in light of the right of bodily privacy, no law grants opposite-sex persons access to single-sex facilities, where the interest in privacy is obviously strongest and bodily exposure is so common.”
President Obama decreed that school districts across the nation must open the most private of facilities to anyone of either sex, by redefining the terms of Title IX in federal law. The Supreme Court has put a hold on that edict pending outcome of this case.
“Title IX’s regulations specifically authorize schools to have separate restrooms and locker rooms for boys and girls,” said Matt Sharp with ADF. “The policy accommodates students who aren’t comfortable using facilities designated for their biological sex without neglecting the established right of children to bodily privacy and safety.”
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President Obama is broadening his attack on biblical sexuality. In a statement this week, the president reiterated his stand on opening bathrooms to all sexes and even went further by blasting therapy efforts to help those with unwanted same-sex attractions.
“My administration is striving to better understand the needs of LGBT adults and to provide affordable, welcoming, and supportive housing to aging LGBT Americans,” the president wrote in his Presidential Proclamation for LGBT Pride Month, a declaration that has become an annual tradition. “It is also why we oppose subjecting minors to the harmful practice of conversion therapy, and why we are continuing to promote equality and foster safe and supportive learning environments for all students.”
Jeff Johnston with Focus on the Family says “conversion therapy,” as it has been dubbed by LGBT activists, is nothing more than traditional counseling methods used to help minors (and others) who seek treatment in order to live out their faith.
“Suppose there’s a teenage Christian boy in your family or church who’s struggling with homosexual sin – looking at gay pornography or involved in a sexual relationship. He’s conflicted, because he loves God and wants to follow Him, but he’s caught in sin. A Christian therapist should be allowed to help that boy live according to his faith.”
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The Obama Administration continued its overreach on Friday by issuing an edict declaring that all public school restrooms, locker rooms and showers should be open to members of either sex, based on a student’s declared gender identity. The statement included a threat to withhold federal funds from states that do not give in. It’s one more salvo in the ongoing push to force transgender policies into the school system.
Thanks to the bravery and integrity of North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory in the face of great opposition to that state’s bathroom protection policy, more elected officials are standing up to the pressure from activists. We’ve compiled a list of those who support commonsense protections for women and children. If you’re state isn’t one of them, consider sending an email to your governor. We’ve made it easy through the Family Policy Alliance Action Center.
Encourage your elected officials to support commonsense privacy laws to protect women and children in public accommodations through the Family Policy Alliance Action Center.
North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory is under intense pressure from gay activists and now from the Obama administration. All because he signed a bill that protects women and children in bathrooms, locker rooms and other public accommodations.
The U.S. Department of Justice is now suing the state saying it violated federal law. The DOJ is threatening to pull funding for public schools as a result. John Rustin with the North Carolina Family Policy Council says Gov. McCrory needs to hear from you personally!
Getting a hand-written note is a lost art, but one that carries a lot of weight. Gov. McCrory staff has let us know how much it’s meant to hear from you. Please write to Gov. McCrory and encourage him at the address below. If you’re in a hurry, you can always send an email through our Action Center.
Gov. Pat McCrory
20301 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-0301
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