Wealthy Foundations Seek To Suppress Religious Liberty

The Arcus Foundation’s website lists a 2014 grant of $100,000 to the American Civil Liberties Foundation supporting “communications strategies to convince conservative Americans that religious exemptions are ‘un-American.’” A two-year Arcus grant to the ACLU in 2013 gave $600,000 to support the ACLU’s Campaign to End the Use of Religion to Discriminate. Arcus Foundation tax forms describe this as a “multi-pronged” effort to combat “the growing trend of institutions and individuals claiming exemptions from anti-discrimination laws because of religious objections.”

…The Ford Foundation’s 2013 tax forms and website indicate it has committed $650,000 to the same project, which the foundation says will “counteract religious exemption and conscience-based carve-outs to laws securing sexual and reproductive rights.” The grant money also supports “a symposia series on LGBT rights.”

—Kevin J. Jones, Are Wealthy US Foundations Paying To Suppress Religious Freedom? (HT: @MZHemmingway)

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  1. I was watching the news last night and a certain bill is being pushed that as one lgbt activist put it, “No one in California will be able to hide their prejudice behind a cross, no one!”

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    This section of DiscoverTheNetworks examines the immensely wealthy charitable foundations that provide financial backing for leftist groups and causes. These foundations — sometimes called endowments or charitable trusts — are nongovernmental, nonprofit entities whose assets are provided by donors and managed by their (the foundations’) own officials, who earmark portions of their assets each year for what they consider to be socially useful purposes.

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  3. Well, they already have Christians who seem to be of the same persuasion. Those who wish to get rid of religious exemptions can point to not only liberal Protestant types, they can also find self-described theological conservatives for support.

  4. America and the western world has become Rome and the left likes it so much (and helped very much to cause it) that they are blind to it.

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