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Father God, thank You for the preservation of religious freedom through this proposed rule for the Labor Department.

The Trump administration has proposed a rule which protects faith-based organizations that contract with the federal government by allowing them to make employment decisions consistent with their sincerely held religious beliefs.

The proposed rule by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs ensures that conscience and religious freedom are given the broadest protection permitted by law. The proposed rule is posted and open for public comment for 30 days.

“Today’s proposed rule helps to ensure the civil rights of religious employers are protected,” said Acting U.S. Secretary of Labor Patrick Pizzella.

“As people of faith with deeply held religious beliefs are making decisions on whether to participate in federal contracting, they deserve clear understanding of their obligations and protections under the law.”

At issue was an amended version of Executive Order 11246, an Obama-era directive that added sexual orientation and gender identity to its list of anti-discrimination rules that disqualified religious organizations from retaining or seeking federal contracts because they did not comply with progressive views on LGBT issues.

“Among other changes, this proposal is intended to make clear that the Executive Order 11246 religious exemption covers not just churches but employers that are organized for a religious purpose, hold themselves out to the public as carrying out a religious purpose, and engage in exercise of religion consistent with, and in furtherance of, a religious purpose,” explained a copy of the proposed rule made available by the Labor Department.

“It is also intended to make clear that religious employers can condition employment on acceptance of or adherence to religious tenets without sanction by the federal government, provided that they do not discriminate based on other protected bases.” (Excerpts from Liberty Counsel and Christian Post.)

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Cindy Ashlock
August 20, 2019

I would like to see Christian employers/contractors be able to state their beliefs clearly. If a person wants to work for them, knowing their stance and beliefs, without causing problems, let them work. Who knows that love and Christian witness will not influence the employee to accept Christ and follow Him. This puts a great responsibility on Christian Businessmen and other Christian’s in a Christian professing business.

    Cecelia Harris
    August 20, 2019

    I echo your sentiments and will be agreeing in prayer with you for manifestation soon!

Shirley Bonard
August 20, 2019

With prayer and thanksgiving
we are slowly getting back our Religious rights and freedom in America!

Cecelia Harris
August 20, 2019

I am happy for this bold step in the right direction for employers. However, as an employee who recently separated employment from a government contractor because of a work culture hostile and insensitive to my Christian beliefs, I hope this legislation conveys a broader message and raises awareness that Title VII includes religious rights for employees.

Daisy
August 20, 2019

Yes

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