President Obama: Call for an end to taxpayer-funded discrimination

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In 2007, the Office of Legal Counsel published a legal memorandum that asserts the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993 gives blanket protection to federal grantees who discriminate on the basis of religion in their hiring. 

That means that under the guise of religious liberty, this Justice Department memo explicitly authorizes taxpayer-funded discrimination.

Federal grantees have used the memo to argue that they should not be barred from discriminating against LGBT workers. And some have sought to extend its use beyond hiring— the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops referred to the memo when refusing to provide emergency contraception to unaccompanied immigrant children who'd been raped.

Demanding the review and reconsideration of this memo is the most important step the President can take to stop the use of religion to discriminate.


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To President Obama:

I am writing to urge you to take an urgent – and long overdue – step to stop the use of religion to discriminate.  You can bring an end to taxpayer-funded discrimination by ordering Attorney General Lynch to direct the Office of Legal Counsel to review and reconsider the Justice Department's June 2007 Office of Legal Counsel memo that explicitly authorizes the use of religion to discriminate.

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