The following quote may be attributed to Alliance Defending Freedom Senior Counsel Matt Bowman, director of regulatory practice, regarding a public comment ADF attorneys submitted Wednesday to the Office of Management and Budget. The public comment urges the agency to eliminate language in a proposed guidance for grants that would harm faith-based recipients of federal programs and to restore language that specifically protects free speech and religious liberty:
“Ejecting faith-based groups from programs such as foster care and adoption will lead to fewer children served. Yet that is exactly what the Biden administration is threatening to do with its new proposed guidance for beneficiaries of federal programs. The proposed guidance violates the U.S. Constitution and contradicts the rulings of several federal courts and the U.S. Supreme Court that held that government funding conditions cannot compel religious groups to act in violation of their sincerely held beliefs. Federal agencies can’t single out people of certain beliefs to punish, sideline, or discriminate against. We urge the administration to swiftly amend its proposed guidance to affirm every American’s First Amendment rights.”
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