Religious Liberty in the Crosshairs

Photo credit: American Life League via Flickr, CC BY-NC 2.0)
Photo credit: American Life League via Flickr, CC BY-NC 2.0)

Having succeeded in forcing every state in the union to recognize same-sex marriages, you’d think that the radical homosexual rights movement would be content. No way.

As we have reported in the past, the brute force of the federal government is being brought to bear against local school districts that still think boys and girls should change and shower in separate facilities. Now there are reports that the left is moving against the religious exemptions of private Christian colleges and universities.

According to the Washington Post, more than 50 private schools have applied for exemptions, based on the tenets of their faith, to the government’s interpretation of federal regulations as it relates to gender identity in student housing and other facilities. Eight left-wing senators, along with the Human Rights Campaign, are calling on the Obama Administration to crack down on these exemptions.

We warned repeatedly that the fight over the meaning of marriage wouldn’t stop with just a redefinition of marriage. The right of religious institutions and religious business owners to adhere to their faith was also at risk.

Earlier this year, one gay rights advocate told business leaders, “We are at a crossroads. . . we will fight religious exemptions for two or three years or have a protracted twenty year struggle on our hands.” In other words, the left has set a goal to crush all legislative and legal efforts to protect our First Amendment religious rights within “two or three years.”

Gary L. Bauer served in President Ronald Reagan’s administration for eight years, as Under Secretary of Education and as President Reagan’s Chief Domestic Policy Advisor.