Religious organizations are expanding their demands for exemption from federal law in the wake of the Hobby Lobby ruling, which granted religious groups the right to ignore the Obamcare contraception mandate.
Fourteen religious leaders sent a letter to Obama asking for exemption from his planned executive order barring federal contractors from discriminating against gay Americans:
Without a robust religious exemption, this expansion of hiring rights will come at an unreasonable cost to the common good, national unity and religious freedom.
Our concern about an executive order without a religious exemption is about more than the direct financial impact on religious organizations. While the nation has undergone incredible social and legal change over the last decade, we still live in a nation with different beliefs about sexuality. We must find a way to respect diversity of opinion on this issue in a way that respects the dignity of all parties to the best of our ability. There is no perfect solution that will make all parties completely happy.
The religious leaders who signed the letter include Rick Warren, pastor of Saddleback Church; D. Michael Lindsay, President of Gordon College; and Andy Crouch, Executive Editor of Christianity Today. You can see the full list of signatories here.
The letter was sent just one day after the Supreme Court ruled that the Hobby Lobby store can refuse to provide contraception as part of employee health plans, on the grounds that the contraception mandate infringes religious freedom.
The Hobby Lobby ruling is so broad that it's bound to inspire many other religious groups to seek exemptions from laws they dislike. Satire sites have been going to town on the possibilities, with headlines such as "Supreme Court Upholds Little Caesar's Right to Feed Christian Employees to Lions."
Via The Atlantic.