Federal government seeks input on how to improve partnerships with faith-based organizations

Federal government seeks input on how to improve partnerships with faith-based organizations

by Stanley Carlson-Thies The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has published aRequest for Information, asking whether its policies and practices make it…

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LGBT hiring required in federal grants?

LGBT hiring required in federal grants?

by Stanley Carlson-Thies Has the Obama administration decided to require federal grantees, like federal contractors, to hire without regard to sexual orientation and gender identity?…

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Recognition of SSM in federal marriage and fatherhood programs

Recognition of SSM in federal marriage and fatherhood programs

(by Stanley Carlson-Thies) In May, 2015, renewed federal funding for marriage-strengthening and for fatherhood-promoting programs was announced. The rules try to accommodate both traditional and…

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Protecting both LGBT youth and FBOs

Protecting both LGBT youth and FBOs

(Stanley Carlson-Thies) What should Congress do to ensure that homeless, runaway, or trafficked LGBT youth are treated with respect when they turn to federally funded…

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What makes a college eligible for religious freedom?

What makes a college eligible for religious freedom?

A cluster of recent developments has brought to the fore (again) this key question: what makes a religious college or university a “religious organization” such…

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Senate child-care bill: preserve parent choice

Senate child-care bill: preserve parent choice

The Senate recently passed a bill to reauthorize the Child Care and Development Block Grant program, which provides federal funding to states to pay for…

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Will an LGBT executive order on federal contracts protect religious employers?

Will an LGBT executive order on federal contracts protect religious employers?

For many months, various groups have been pressing the President to issue an executive order banning LGBT job discrimination by federal contractors, and there is…

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Obama administration and Religious Freedom Day 2014

Obama administration and Religious Freedom Day 2014

On January 15, the anniversary of the passage of the Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom, which was written by Thomas Jefferson and which is one…

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Putting kids first in regulating foster care and adoption agencies

Putting kids first in regulating foster care and adoption agencies

This week the Heritage Foundation released an important background paper, “Adoption, Foster Care, and Conscience Protection,” by Sarah Torre and Ryan Anderson. In the US…

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Is the clergy housing allowance unconstitutional?

Is the clergy housing allowance unconstitutional?

IRFA’s sphere of service is faith-based service organizations, not churches and clergy, but only because of a division of labor. Faith-based services (schools, adoption agencies,…

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