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The Torch Leadership Foundation’s Cross in Culture Podcast #5

Recently, President Obama signed an executive order banning discrimination against homosexual workers among federal contractors and other groups that receive federal funds to carry out their work. Among those groups are numerous Christian charity organizations which receive money from the government.

Ahead of the signing of this executive order, fourteen religious leaders sent a letter to President Obama asking him to include an exemption for religious organizations that wish to hire workers who share their religious beliefs and practices. President Obama’s executive order did not include such an exemption. (News reports indicate that his ultimate goal is to pass a law banning such selective employment for all businesses in the United States, however Congress has been slow to act on it.) Under the new order, religious organizations which continue to receive federal funding will face the threat of litigation if a group declines to hire someone or decides to fire someone based on their “sexual orientation” or “gender identity.” However, President Obama’s executive order lets stand George W. Bush’s provision allowing religious contractors to hire employees "of a particular religion." It is believed that homosexual rights groups will deliberately target religious-based organizations in order to launch test cases that would force those organizations to pay enormous fines, be shut down for failure to comply with the order, or cease to receive government funding.

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