In the wake of the Hobby Lobby decision, the Obama administration received an important letter on Tuesday signed by “14 different religious leaders, including Pastor Rick Warren of the Saddleback Church in California, Gabe Lyons of Q Ideas, and Michael Wear, who was the National Faith Vote Director for Obama’s 2012 campaign. Also signing the letter were the heads of organizations like Catholic Charities USA, the Center for Public Justice, Gordon College, and Christianity Today.”
Most importantly, the above aren’t merely your stock-in-trade social conservatives, or organizations only aligned with the Right, or Republican Party. Many are inherently liberal, however faith-based their thinking. And that create sa real problem for, not only Obama, but the Democrats as a whole as we move closer to the November mid-term elections.
In essence, the letter pointed out that the Senate-passed Employment Non-Discrimination Act includes a religious exemption and asks Obama to exempt them from a forthcoming executive order that would prohibit federal contractors from discriminating against LGBT people.
“Without a robust religious exemption,” they wrote, “this expansion of hiring rights will come at an unreasonable cost to the common good, national unity and religious freedom.”
For now, the Obama administration is not commenting.