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Sunday, December 4, 2016

Will the Fitzpatrick Bros & Toomey betray those who put them in office on the Russell Amendment?

As per the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, "An amendment to the Fiscal Year 2017 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) by Congressman Steve Russell (R-OK) would clarify that existing civil rights laws protect religious employers from discrimination by the federal government in its grant-making and contracting practices. The adoption of this amendment would permit religious organizations the freedom to continue to hire and manage employment decisions based on the tenets of their faith, even when they compete for federal grants and contracts.  This long-standing freedom was put in jeopardy by Executive Order 13672 (which bars federal contractors from discriminating on the basis of 'sexual orientation' or 'gender identity') and related regulations."
  • "As the NDAA is expected to be finalized later this week, Senate and House conferees agreed to strip the Russell Amendment from the final version of the bill, congressional aides told reporters this week....Steve Wagner, the head of Solidarity with the Persecuted Church,...criticized the removal of the amendment and argued that Congressional Republicans were more interested in going home early than fighting for the wishes of the voters.  'It is clear Members of Congress did not get the message of this election cycle,' Wagner said in a statement shared with CP. 'Despite religious freedom being the top issue for many voters in 2016, Congressional Republicans just sold religious providers out in favor of lobbyists for military contractors and the ability to go home early for Christmas....'" (The Christian Post, 12/2/16).

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