Faith-based Institutions Must Include LGBT to Get Federal Grants

Faith-based is OK as long as your primary faith is in the power of the Federal Government to determine what is right and what is wrong.

I’m old enough to remember George H. W. Bush extolling faith-based institutions as “a thousand points of light.” Back then it worried me that if these groups became dependent on Federal dollars that the Federal government could turn them into a thousand points of darkness.

Well, guess what?

At we read, “Breaking: Obama to Force Faith-Based Grant Recipients to Hire LGBTs.”

The Obama Administration is poised to require faith-based recipients of federal grants to accept applications from LGBT individuals, according to a report published today by the Center for Family and Human Rights (C-Fam).

By executive order last summer, President Obama amended the Johnson-era federal order on non-discrimination in hiring by federal contractors to include non-discrimination based on “sexual orientation and gender identity.” That order has roiled faith-based groups.

A confidential source tells C-Fam that the White House has directed federal agencies to include “sexual orientation and gender identity” as protected classes in all grant agreements.

What’s more, there are substantially more grant recipients than federal contract recipients. A law professor who works on these issues said, “For every contract recipient there are 50 receiving grants.”

The Johnson-era order was amended in 2002 by President George Bush to include a religious exemption so that faith-based groups would not be forced to hire those in opposition to their teachings. It is unclear whether grant recipients have similar protections. And even those protections are under assault by those who want all such exemptions ended.

According to C-Fam, federal agencies are now being pressured to make this change without a subsequent executive order and that the State Department legal office is telling the White House that this is not a legal matter but a matter of policy.

This is a cultural coup, exposing how much Constitutional government was driven away a long time ago and replaced with a totalitarian monstrosity that has simply waited for the right moment to reveal itself. We have talked about how much Barack Obama has done with executive orders, but in this case he doesn’t even need his pen and phone to overturn the culture. It is “not a legal matter but a matter of policy.” Federal money is federal power and there are no limits on it. Faith-based groups will need to throw out the faith or choose to wither and die.

Even if we get a better President who stops this garbage, Barack Obama has now set precedents that the next Liberal secularist in power (whether he is Republican or Democrat!) will want to uphold, restore, and build upon.