Gordon College, a respected Christian institution, is under fire for asking for a religious exemption from the president’s executive order that no one doing business with the government may discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation. The Hobby Lobby decision allowing a religious exemption for Obamacare contraception coverage explicitly said that the ruling did not apply in cases of discrimination. David Skeel, in a discussion quoted after the jump, says that the Gordon College controversy would be the next major religious liberty issue.
The administration has made it clear that the president’s executive order does NOT exempt religious groups. A previous policy allowing an exemption for grants still stands. World Vision and various other ministries receive grants, rather than contracts, so they would not be affected. The president’s order did, however, leave intact a provision allowing religious groups to have a preference for hiring those who share their religious beliefs. Perhaps that could include religious beliefs about homosexuality. [Read more…]