"This is something that religious groups can work with," one person said. "[The] executive order is unprecedented and extreme," said the bishops.
Employment Non-Discrimination Act
We say: A religious organization does not hire an inclination or an act, it hires a person, and the church has affirmed that gay people are to be loved.
Distinctly Catholic: I find it astonishing that a statement signed on behalf of bishops fails to mention God and is so utterly devoid of pastoral sensibility.
Analysis: The president may have finally found a small patch of middle ground in balancing competing claims of gay rights with the traditional prerogatives of religious freedom.
A 20-year effort to protect gays and lesbians from workplace discrimination is facing a major setback after a coalition of gay rights groups and civil liberties groups pulled their support because of an exemption for religious groups.
The American Civil Liberties Union and four gay rights groups said they can no longer support the Employment Non-Discrimination Act in the wake of the Supreme Court's decision in the Hobby Lobby case over contraception coverage, which allowed some businesses to claim a religious exemption in following federal law.
While listening to NPR this morning, I was dismayed to hear that a Catholic school teacher in the diocese of Savannah, Ga., was fired because he intends to marry his male partner in Minnesota this summer.
The dividing line: Should the directive banning discrimination based on sexual orientation among federal contractors contain a religious exemption?
Faith and Justice: The goal of the White House order is laudable, but it remains to be seen how the bishops and the church will handle it.