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7/24/2014 (2 years ago)

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Calling the order 'unprecedented and extreme,' bishops say ruling is attack on religious freedom

The chairmen of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops' Ad Hoc Committee for Religious Liberty and Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth have been strong in their condemnation of President Obama's legislation on LGBT employees. "Today's executive order is unprecedented and extreme and should be opposed," said Archbishop William Lori of Baltimore and Bishop Richard Malone of Buffalo. "In the name of forbidding discrimination, this order implements discrimination."

'With the stroke of a pen, it lends the economic power of the federal government to a deeply flawed understanding of human sexuality, to which faithful Catholics and many other people of faith will not assent,' the board said.

"With the stroke of a pen, it lends the economic power of the federal government to a deeply flawed understanding of human sexuality, to which faithful Catholics and many other people of faith will not assent," the board said.

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By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

7/24/2014 (2 years ago)

Published in U.S.

Keywords: LGBT decree, President Obama, discrimination, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The order from the Obama administration contains no exemptions for religious employers who participate in federal contracts. Such contracts are often involved in vitally important services such as outreaches to the poor and the needy, adoption placement, drug and alcohol rehabilitation, and philanthropy of every sort.

Referring to the sweeping effect of this action the Catholic Bishops stated, ""In the name of forbidding discrimination, this order implements discrimination. With the stroke of a pen, it lends the economic power of the federal government to a deeply flawed understanding of human sexuality, to which faithful Catholics and many other people of faith will not assent. As a result, the order will exclude federal contractors precisely on the basis of their religious beliefs."

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"More specifically, the Church strongly opposes both unjust discrimination against those who experience a homosexual inclination and sexual conduct outside of marriage, which is the union of one man and one woman. But the executive order, as it regards federal government contractors, ignores the inclination/conduct distinction in the undefined term "sexual orientation." As a result, even contractors that disregard sexual inclination in employment face the possibility of exclusion from federal contracting if their employment policies or practices reflect religious or moral objections to extramarital sexual conduct."

"The executive order prohibits "gender identity" discrimination, a prohibition that is previously unknown at the federal level, and that is predicated on the false idea that "gender" is nothing more than a social construct or psychological reality that can be chosen at variance from one's biological sex. This is a problem not only of principle but of practice, as it will jeopardize the privacy and associational rights of both federal contractor employees and federal employees. For example, a biological male employee may be allowed to use the women's restroom or locker room provided by the employer because the male employee identifies as a female."

So, once again utilizing the formerly rare practice of a President using an Executive Order, which precludes Congressional participation, President Barack Obama has unilaterally decreed that anyone who participates in a federal contract in the rendering of services must toe the new line of the cultural and social engineers.

In effect, he has decreed that homosexual and lesbian sexual acts - and those who engage in them - have the protection of the Federal Government as a protected class under Federal law. Anyone who does not hold this new "enlightened view", for example those who embrace marriage as solely between oone man and one woman, intended for life and open to life - as a deeply held religious and conscience conviction - may be excluded from such participation in any federal contract..

The President of the United States has now intentionally excluded any religious liberty protection for Catholics and other classical Christians who follow the unbroken teaching of the Bible and the Christian tradition concerning homosexual acts and many others who  believe that homosexual sexual acts are always and everywhere immoral. Such acts are not the same as race, creed or national origin.

Bill Donohue of the Catholic League, explained in the League's Press release,"He (President Obama) explicitly rejected several proposals that would have insulated religious institutions from state overreach. This is critical because of what is at stake: ENDA applies to "sex, sexual orientation [and] gender identity"; as we have learned, this includes behavior, not simply status."

President Obama has decided that his personal activist commitment to elevating  those who engage in homosexual and lesbian sexual practices to a protected status under the Federal Law, and championing homosexual and lesbian partnerships as meriting the very same legal status as marriage between one man and one woman, justified his use of the power of the executive order.

While signing the act he proudly proclaimed to those gathered, "We've got a long way to go, but I hope as everybody looks around this room, you are reminded of the extraordinary progress that we have made not just in our lifetimes, but in the last five years," the president said. "In the last two years. In the last one year. We're on the right side of history."

That claim is not borne out when one examines past cultures which have walked the path of embracing homosexual practice and rejected the Natural Moral Law.

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