By Trudy Ring
Leaders of the Christian right are loving the Department of Labor’s announcement that it wants to let companies with government contracts discriminate against those who offend a contractor’s religious beliefs.
The DOL’s proposed rule, announced Wednesday, met with outrage from LGBTQ and other civil rights groups, which say it would allow even for-profit companies to claim a religious basis for discriminating against LGBTQ people, single parents, members of minority faiths, and others. But Liberty Counsel and the Family Research Council are thrilled.
“I commend the Trump administration and the Department of Labor for not discriminating against religious employers and organizations that can provide the same high-quality services as allowed by other federal contractors,” said Mat Staver, founder and chairman of Liberty Counsel, in a press release. “The religious freedom of individuals and organizations is protected under federal law and the Constitution. It is past time to end discrimination against churches and Christian viewpoints.”
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