Administration’s Final Regulations For Partnerships Between Government And Faith-Based Groups Protect Individual Rights, Americans United Says

Apr 5, 2016

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By Americans United

Final regulations issued by the Obama administration today that cover the relationship between government and faith-based social-service providers should go a long way toward improving protections for individual religious liberty rights, says Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

The regulations, which will affect nine federal agencies, were unveiled in draft form last year. They are the culmination of efforts by religious freedom advocates who worked with the administration over the past seven years to reform the “faith-based” initiative, which was adopted by the George W. Bush administration.

“If taxpayer money is going to flow into the coffers of religious groups to provide social services, there must be rules in place to protect those receiving the services from unwanted proselytism and religious discrimination,” said AU Legislative Director Maggie Garrett. “These new regulations are a big step in the right direction, although problems still remain with the faith-based initiative.”

The new regulations clarify that faith-based groups providing federally funded social services cannot discriminate against beneficiaries based on religion, require them to participate in religious activities or offer “explicitly religious activities” within those programs. The regulations also require that beneficiaries be given written notice of their rights, and if they object to the religious character of the organization, the organization must “undertake reasonable efforts” to find another provider and give a referral.

Last October, Americans United provided detailed comments on the draft regulations and also joined comments submitted by 31 members of the Coalition Against Religious Discrimination (CARD), which Americans United chairs.

Americans United Executive Director the Rev. Barry W. Lynn, who was part of a diverse task force that offered advice to the White House on how it should reform the rules that apply to these government partnerships, said there should be widespread support for these new religious-liberty protections. But these new regulations don’t resolve every issue with the faith-based initiative.


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3 comments on “Administration’s Final Regulations For Partnerships Between Government And Faith-Based Groups Protect Individual Rights, Americans United Says

  • @OP – The regulations, which will affect nine federal agencies, were unveiled in draft form last year. They are the culmination of efforts by religious freedom advocates who worked with the administration over the past seven years to reform the “faith-based” initiative, which was adopted by the George W. Bush administration.

    Meanwhile having had mischief caused by poodle-Bush, there are attempts to recruit democratic candidates to religious agendas!

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/election-us-2016-35999269

    Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders has accepted an invitation from the Pope to the Vatican.

    Mr Sanders, who is Jewish, accepted an invitation to Rome for a conference at the end of next week.

    The Vatican visit is four days before the primary contest in New York, a competitive battle between him and front-runner Hillary Clinton.

    Mr Sanders said he was not sure whether he would meet the Pope but he was a big fan of the pontiff.



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  • @OP – Final regulations issued by the Obama administration today that cover the relationship between government and faith-based social-service providers should go a long way toward improving protections for individual religious liberty rights, says Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

    However there are doubts about some democratic candidates!

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-36057229

    Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders has arrived in Vatican City to speak at an economy and social justice conference.

    There are no plans for him to meet personally with Pope Francis.

    “I’m so excited and proud to be here with other people who are trying to create a moral economy,” he told supporters outside the Vatican.

    While a genuinely moral economy, would be very desirable, I have severe doubts as to if the Vatican has much of a contribution to make to a “moral economy”, given the activities of Catholic hospitals, and Catholic politicians!
    The notion of “morality” or constructive realism, emanating from the Vatican, is an oxymoron!



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  • To Alan4:

    The notion of “morality” or constructive realism, emanating from the
    Vatican, is an oxymoron!

    Indeed! Look at the Popes visit to the refugees…. OH how pious he is!!! Too bad he holds his views on contraceptives. Changing those views would probably help people in Syria more than the Pope’s watery puppy dog eyes. So much for his “moral” authority!



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