(Quin Hillyer, Liberty Headlines) So-called “civil liberties groups” are showing in recent days that religious rights don’t count among the liberties they can be civil about.

When President Trump on Friday issued new guidelines allowing faith-based organizations to avoid participating in what their faith considers intrinsic evils – such as providing material support for abortion – and the Justice Department promulgated thorough, detailed legal support for the guidelines, the left-wing front groups had fits.

To quote at length from a Washington Post story:

“This is a direct attack on women’s rights,” said Vanita Gupta, president and chief executive of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights. “The Trump administration is using the guise of religious liberty to carry out their ideological agenda to deprive women of basic reproductive health care.” And civil liberties groups said there could be other effects. The principle allowing religious employers to hire only those whose conduct is consistent with their beliefs, for example, might allow a religious school to fire a teacher who had a child out of wedlock or a man who wed another man, said Louise Melling, deputy legal director at the ACLU. “It is countenancing discrimination,” Melling said. “It is countenancing exercises of faith in a way that will harm other individuals.”

In other words, say the left-wing groups, it is not a “civil liberty” for the Little Sisters of the Poor to be free from government forcing them to help finance abortions, but it is a “civil liberty” for women to have elective abortions paid for by religious groups at the point of a government bayonet.

Likewise, if the leftist groups had their way, a church-based school could be forced to hire people who model for the children the exact opposite behavior from that taught by the church’s faith.

To the Human Rights Campaign, church-based hiring rights are somehow considered atrocities…..

[The rest of this news-aggregation piece is here.]


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