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Religious liberty used to be taken for granted in the United States, but today–especially in the aftermath of the sexual revolution– it has become controversial and a matter for litigation. Here are some of the latest developments.
The text of the law includes a religious exemption for institutions “controlled by a religious organization,” which would seem to refer to schools actually owned by a church–but what about independent Christian schools and colleges? The current regulation from the Department of Education requires institutions wishing to invoke a religious exemption to apply for the privilege.
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But a proposed revision to the policy that is being recommended would make clear that, in the words of Family Research Council spokesperson Alexandra McPhee, “When Title IX’s terms are not consistent with an institution’s religious tenets, such as those involving marriage and related sexuality issues, the institution has the right to implement policies that put its tenets into practice without facing a loss of federal funding.”
As we blogged about, some universities have been throwing Christian organizations off campus for requiring their leaders to be Christians or in agreement with a Christian statement of faith and morals. Such requirements that leaders must support the organization’s principles are said to constitute “discrimination.”
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But a federal court has ruled against the University of Iowa in forbidding that practice. The university allows other groups based on race and sex,...
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