Defense Spending Bill: Liberals Try to Russell Up Some Controversy

Barb Wire

What’s so controversial about the First Amendment? Plenty, these days, as the very sound of the phrase “religious liberty” strikes fear in the hearts of liberals everywhere.

In the handful of days since the House Armed Services Committee marked-up the latest defense spending bill, liberals are raising a stink about what should be a non-controversial (and unnecessary) amendment reaffirming the religious freedom of faith-based government contractors.

In 2014, the president issued an order insisting that the government couldn’t partner with businesses or organizations for projects over $10,000 if they engaging in supposed “anti-LGBT discrimination against employees.” Of course, under the administration’s backwards understanding of “discrimination,” that could mean anything from a statement of faith to setting certainly hiring policies or even dressed codes! All this amendment would do is allow the Defense Department to continue contracting with “any religious corporation, religious association, religious educational institution or religious society” for services without the organization having to jettison their religious beliefs.

The reality is, the Left is never going to be satisfied if faith-based groups can contract with the government at all! They want to squeeze Christians out of government at the same time as they’re forcing them out of the marketplace, Public Square, and schools. Despite the Left’s vocal opposition, Rep. Russell’s amendment was approved 33-29. Bottom line, if you oppose this language, you must oppose the First Amendment! FRC will be doing its part to hold the line on these key, common sense protections when the bill hits the House floor in the upcoming weeks.

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Tony Perkins
Tony Perkins is president of the Washington, D.C.-based Family Research Council. He is a former member of the Louisiana legislature where he served for eight years, and he is recognized as a legislative pioneer for authoring measures like the nation’s first Covenant Marriage law. (Via FRC’s Washington Update. Tony Perkins’ Washington Update is written with the aid of FRC senior writers.)

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