ADF: Federal contractors have freedom to operate according to religious beliefs

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

The following quote may be attributed to Alliance Defending Freedom Senior Counsel Gregory S. Baylor regarding ADF comments submitted Monday in response to the U.S. Department of Labor’s notice of proposed rulemaking. DOL’s proposed rule would clarify that religious organizations don’t relinquish their religious freedom when they serve as federal contractors:

“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. ADF commends the Trump administration for crafting proposed regulations that both respect the fundamental right of religious exercise and clarify uncertainties that have hampered the participation of religious employers in federal government contracting. The proposed regulations rightly recognize that religious organizations maintain their character and effectiveness by drawing their workforces from among those who share their religious beliefs and codes of conduct. We also ask the administration to reverse President Obama’s unwarranted insertion of sexual orientation and gender identity into the rules governing federal contractors. All too often, such rules are used to punish disagreement or marginalize people of faith.”

Alliance Defending Freedom is an alliance-building, non-profit legal organization that advocates for the right of people to freely live out their faith.
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