Monday, July 25, 2016

FRC seeks to hide discrimination by schools receiving public funds

Family Research Council staffer Daniel Hart (no relation!) writes:
Question: I was told that California’s Senate Bill 1146 will strip the state’s faith-based colleges and universities of their religious liberty to educate students according to their faith convictions. Is this something that FRC is fighting? How can I get involved?
The first thing that this person should do is to actually read the bill. It doesn't do any of those things. Little wonder why Daniel misses that simple step.He can also rely on the fact (well known to him) that FRC has an intellectually incurious constituency. They are not going to seek out the bill text on their own. They provide Daniel with a license to deceive.
FRC: SB 1146 is something that we are fighting to defeat. We wrote about it in our June 10th Washington Update. This bill is an attack on the religious liberty of Californians and could set a dangerous precedent for other states to enact similar laws restricting the religious freedom of faith-based colleges and universities to set their own policies. Please go to the “Oppose SB 1146” website to learn how you can help stop this bill from becoming law.
These days everything and anything that Family Research Council doesn't like is framed as an attack on religious freedom or religious liberty. Simply stated, SB 1146 requires post-secondary schools to disclose if they have a Title IX waver, the scope of the activities covered by the waiver and the basis for the waiver.

In order to receive federal funds (including federal student aid), schools must comply with Title IX of the U.S. Education Amendments of 1972, which prohibits discrimination based on sex. Schools can request waivers if compliance with Title IX would violate their religious beliefs. A waiver allows the school to legally discriminate based on sexual orientation or sexual identity with respect to admissions, housing and employment.

In addition to federal student aid, the State of California provides a wide array of financial programs to assist students and institutions. In other words, taxpayers—including LGBT taxpayers—provide a great deal of money to these schools. Indeed, without these funds these schools cannot exist. California is insisting on full disclosure so that everyone knows the rules in advance. Exactly how this compromises religious liberty is an utter mystery. The state is doing what the accrediting agencies should have done. It should be so throughout the United States.

Family Research Council is doing what Family Research Council does—spreading fear and misinformation regarding anything that affects LGBT citizens. There is a reason that FRC is designated as a hate group.

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