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Christian Leadership Alliance: Administration officials have said they are working quickly to craft an additional regulation to implement President Obama’s promised “accommodation” for non-church religious organizations that object to the contraceptives mandate. The White House has been inviting in for discussion a series of faith-based organizations and leaders, among them the Institutional Religious Freedom Alliance.
Christianity Today: Lawyers from the Becket Fund and the Alliance Defense Fund plan to speak at some of today’s rallies, organized by the Pro-Life Action League and Citizens for a Pro-Life Society.
Stanley Carlson-Thies, president of the Institutional Religious Freedom Alliance, writes in the Nov. 4 IRFA Newsletter: “Two notable changes in Congress to the benefit of institutional religious freedom: Dan Coats, who served in the Senate (R-IN) from 1989-1999, was just re-elected to the Senate. In his earlier service he was a noted champion of faith-based services . . . Chet Edwards (D-TX), first elected to the House in 1991, was defeated. Edwards has been one of the fiercest congressional critics of the faith-based initiative and a harsh opponent of what he called ‘religious job discrimination’ by faith-based organizations that receive federal funds.”
ADF attorney Austin R. Nimocks appears in this CBN News Video along with Tony Perkins of FRC and Regent Law Professor Bradley Jacob to discuss the threat that ENDA (Employment Non-Discrimination Act), legislation pending in Congress, poses to religious freedom.
The MP4 Video runs just over 5 minutes.
CBN News: Attorney [Austin R. Nimocks] with the The Alliance Defense Fund, a conservative Christian non-profit organization, argues that Christian businesses . . . have every reason to be concerned. ‘A law that would require an organization to retain employees who don’t fulfill that organization’s mission is a dangerous law,’ he said. ‘It’s like requiring an environmental group to fill up its board with a bunch of lumberjacks or requiring a Democratic senator to hire a bunch of Republican staffers.’”