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Christian Colleges Applaud Trump Administration’s Plan to Stop Religious Discrimination Against Contractors

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In 2014, President Obama prohibited federal contractors from discriminatory hiring practices on the grounds of “real or perceived sexual orientation.”

Then an evangelical college president teamed up with Obama’s former faith-based outreach director and other religious nonprofit organizations asking for exemptions in accordance with their religious beliefs.

The Obama administration rejected the exemption request. Further, Gordon College encountered backlash from local government partners. The college’s accreditation was later threatened,  and its federal support was only limited to one member of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights.

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The College Fix now reports that Department of Labor has proposed a rule that would grant the exemption that religious colleges asked for in Obama’s second term.

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It would delineate and broaden the religious exemptions involving federal contractors by expanding the definition of “religious organization” from places of worship to cover organizations such as schools and universities.

This new definition would enable for-profit businesses that either have a “self-identified religious purpose” or have owners with a “sincere engagement” in religious activity to discriminate in their hiring process on the grounds of religion and religious rules.

Religious colleges and their allies praised this new policy change because the previous policy was incongruent and unjustly forced religious organizations to make decisions that go against their organization’s mission.

In a proposed rule document, which was posted in mid-August, the Department of Labor says the change would update federal policy in accordance with recent Supreme Court decisions on religious liberty, which include Hobby Lobby and Masterpiece Cakeshop.

“Although these decisions are not specific to the federal government’s regulation of contractors, they have reminded the federal government of its duty to protect religious exercise—and not to impede it,” the department stated.

The Alliance Defending Freedom, an organization that frequently files religious-liberty lawsuits, defended Gordon College in this case.

Their senior counsel Greg Baylor stated in a press release covering the recent regulatory comments, “All Americans have the freedom to operate according to their religious beliefs, and those freedoms don’t disappear when a university, charity, or international nongovernmental organization enters into a contract with the federal government,”

The Department of Labor’s proposal correctly recognizes that “religious organizations maintain their character and effectiveness by drawing their workforces from among those who share their religious beliefs and codes of conduct,” Baylor continued.

Baylor concluded that the Trump administration should more thoroughly reverse its predecessor’s “unwarranted insertion of sexual orientation and gender identity” into federal contracting rules, which are often “used to punish disagreement or marginalize people of faith.”

For those who believe in first principles like free speech and freedom of association, this is positive news given how universities have often seen religious groups become victims of politically correct persecution.

 

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MORE BLOOD: 19 Killed in Mexican Gun Fight Connected to El Chapo’s Cartel

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Last weekend, a gun fight between Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman’s former drug cartel and a rival cartel resulted in the deaths of 19 people in northern Mexico.

The encounter started late on April 3, 2020 when cartel members connected to El Chapo’s Sinaloa cartel were caught in a gun fight with drug traffickers from the Juarez cartel and other criminal syndicates in the state of Chihuahua, according to Mexican police reports.

The following day, authorities discovered 18 bodies at the scene of the violent exchange in the town of Madera. Another man that was wounded died shortly in a hospital, according to law enforcement sources.

Mexican soldiers were sent to the area and discovered several weapons, which included two grenades.

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Back in January 2019, a Brooklyn federal judge sentenced El Chapo to life in prison.

Since El Chapo’s sentence, there has been an enormous power vacuum in Mexico’s Drug War, as numerous cartels vie for power after El Chapo left the picture.

Mexico’s government has proven to be incompetent on the matter of public security so cartels will continue to have their way in the country.

For that reason, the U.S. should proactively seal off its border and restrict migration from Mexico.

Not taking action on border security will only leave America susceptible to Mexico’s problems, which will only spillover to the U.S. if the borders remain porous.

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