End Non-Discrimination Exemption for Religious Groups Seeking Federal Grants

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Target: President Barack Obama

Goal: End non-discrimination exemption for religious groups seeking federal grants.

A legal memo from past years that says religious organizations seeking federal grants could not be forced to adhere to religious nondiscrimination laws in hiring must be reversed. More than 130 progressive groups have expressed in a letter to President Obama that the memo “relies on flawed legal analysis” and provides a blanket opportunity for religious groups to discriminate and have asked Obama to reverse it.

The Federalist Society, which supports the memo, claims that the debate over the memo will affect faith-based organizations abilities to compete for federal grants. However, if these organizations wish to compete for this federal, taxpayer money, they should have to meet the same requirements as the non-secular organizations. These organizations cannot be allowed to use public money and then discriminate against certain members of the public. Otherwise, they should be forced to use their own private funding.

Tell Obama to end the non-discrimination exemption for religious groups seeking federal grants.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear President Obama,

A legal memo from past years that says religious organizations seeking federal grants could not be forced to adhere to religious nondiscrimination laws in hiring must be reversed because it “relies on flawed legal analysis” and provides a blanket opportunity for religious groups to discriminate.

If these organizations wish to compete for this federal, taxpayer money, they should have to meet the same requirements as the non-secular organizations. I urge you to end the non-discrimination exemption for religious groups seeking federal grants.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: Steve Sutherland

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