ANALYSIS: Did Obama finally thread the needle on gay rights and religious freedom?

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President Obama on July 21, 2014 signed an executive order banning federal contractors from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.

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President Obama on July 21, 2014 signed an executive order banning federal contractors from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.

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(RNS) The result was a split-the-baby solution that largely pleased Obama’s gay rights supporters while mollifying some religious critics and leaving enough ambiguity to blunt the opposition of more hard-line foes.

  • The Great God Pan

    “The result was a split-the-baby solution…”

    It’s amusing to note that a “split-the-baby decision” is now considered a good thing. In the myth, King Solomon does not actually intend for the baby to be split in two. That’s kind of the whole point.

    But I guess Compromise Is King these days, and we’re all happy with our half of a baby.

  • Very true. It feels like it too.

    Politicians work so hard trying to appeal to their bases and Americans are so divided about everything that we end up with policies that are more like half of a dead baby than like anything with potential for bringing America happiness and prosperity.

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  • Next step on the Progressive agenda…Remove religion’s protection against discrimination, which judging by the reaction of some Progressives after the Hobby Lobby SCOTUS ruling, its around the corner.

    “Viva Cristo Rey!!”
    Camino bound, Sept 2014

  • Jimmer

    The point is that Gibson is wrong again. What a tool the man is. Obviously, a cadre of ultra liberal Christians will do whatever their master (Obama) tells them to do. Real Christians are aghast at this renewed attempt to force them to adopt Obama’s religious views.

  • Larry

    You don’t have a religious right of discrimination. Whatever protection you benefitted from, came from treating the 14th Amendment like toilet paper.

    It isn’t coming around the corner. it’s been heading your way for the last century.

  • Larry

    “Real Christians” who evidently hate the notion of constitutional liberties such as equal protection under the law. You may call them real Christians but they are hardly real Americans.

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  • Larry M

    GO Obama!!! Based on a comment above I’m an “unreal” Christian who believes in the separation of church and state. EVERYBODY deserves basic civil and human rights. And I agree wuth the leaders say that federal government should not have contracts with religious organizations that discriminate against the LGBT community

    Although for Evangelical Christians this is a moral issue about sex and sexuality they don’t seem to apply this logic to all whom they consider immoral. Adulterers are not discriminated against… The sexually promiscuous are not discriminated against… Those who are full of greed are not discriminated against…those who have perpetual rage and anger are not discriminated against… They all have basic human and civil rights as they should have.

  • Larry M

    ALSO…of course Christians and all other religious groups should not have to hire against their religious beliefs… They just shouldn’t get government contracts.

  • CarrotCakeMan

    Homophobia is not a “religious view,” it is a mental disorder, and it is rejected by many more than these Christian and Jewish denominations who are marrying same gender American couples in the 19 US States where their Freedom Of Religion is respected:

    Affirming Pentecostal Church International, Alliance of Christian Churches, Anointed Affirming Independent Ministries, The Association of Welcoming and Affirming Baptists, Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Community of Christ, Conservative Judaism, Ecumenical Catholic Church, Ecumenical Catholic Communion, The Episcopal Church, Evangelical Anglican Church In America, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Global Alliance of Affirming Apostolic Pentecostals, Inclusive Orthodox Church, Moravian Church Northern Province, Metropolitan Community Church, Old Catholic Church, Presbyterian Church USA, Progressive Christian Alliance, Reconciling Pentecostals International, Reconstructionist Judaism, Reform Judaism, Reformed Anglican Catholic Church, Religious Society of Friends (Quakers), Unitarian Universalist Church, United Church of Christ, Unity Church

    It’s deceptive of anti-gays to claim all Christians share the anti-gays’ desire to mess with the lives of LGBT Americans and prevent them from earning a living.

  • CarrotCakeMan

    Americans are increasingly weary of the bullies whining that their “religious freedom” is being threatened if they cannot attack LGBT Americans.

  • CarrotCakeMan

    Thank you for your support, Larry M. You are protecting your own freedom and equality as well, since anti-gays want to tell you how to live and what to believe just the same. Anti-gays have not been denied any rights, they have just had their hand slapped–okay, slapped A LOT–by the courts, and now television comics routinely make jokes about anti-gays that make studio audiences explode in laughter.

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  • StepheniT

    Larry M,
    THANK YOU! I have said/written the same thing several times since this hit the news. It is amazing that many people expect to get government contracts even though they discriminate against the LGBT community, who also pay taxes that fund these contracts. The hypocrisy is astounding.

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