Church Persecuted (March 6-7, 2021)

Much has been written about the damage that the Equality Act can do to religious organizations (see Father DeCelles’ columns on Virginia Issues in previous bulletin), but there are several other executive orders, cabinet-level directives, and pending bills in Congress which also can eliminate or severely restrict the First Amendment religious protection afforded to religious organizations, and in particular Catholic colleges and schools. The information below is extracted from a recent memorandum The Cardinal Newman Society sent to Catholic school, college, and diocesan leaders.

Executive Order 13988 on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (SOGI) was signed by President Biden on his first day in office. This pertains to the Supreme Court’s Bostock ruling – finding that:

Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, the Fair Housing Act, and other laws include “transgender” and homosexuality within the scope of sex discrimination.  Among other things, the Order could require that children share restrooms and locker rooms with those of a different birth gender, and that biological males be permitted to participate on female athletic teams.

What we see here is the Biden administration “covering as many bases as possible” (author’s words) so they may be able to force this immoral discrimination into the public square.

(Continued next week)

Section I. Father De Celles: Religious Liberty

Section II. Special Column

Section III. Chronology of Attacks on Catholic Church Facilities and Statues


Section IV. Previous Church Persecuted Columns and Various Religious Liberty Articles