…..Or, will they give up their moral convictions on abortion in exchange for cold hard federal cash!
We previously told you about Obama’s pen (rule change) that would require any agency getting federal payola to abide by federal rules on sexual orientation of employees. I’m not sure this is part of that same Executive order, but it is the same concept—take federal money, follow federal rules.
Remember readers (and for our many new readers!), the US Conference of Catholic Bishops gets 98% of its funding from the US Treasury. See here also.
This should be a great lesson for all who want to put their grubby hands into the taxpayers’ pockets! You do it and the government then owns you!
From World Magazine (no where in the story is it mentioned how much these ‘religious’ charities get from the feds). They have until June 24th to comply or lose their federal grants:
The Obama administration has issued interim final rules that require faith-based organizations to offer abortion referrals for unaccompanied child refugees entering the United States. The new regulations may restrict faith-based organizations’ ability to provide refugee aid, Catholic and evangelical relief organizations said.
Issued by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Refugee Resettlement, the rules set official standards for responding to sexual abuse among children entering the United States without their parents. But by requiring faith-based organizations to offer or refer abortions, the Obama administration has violated the organizations’ conscience rights, said Susan Yoshihara, senior vice president at the Center for Family and Human Rights. Currently, six of the nine resettlement organizations in the United States are faith-based.
If the six ‘religious’ refugee contractors use their own private funds they would not have their CONSCIENCES violated!
The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) formally protested the rules Friday, joined by World Vision, National Association of Evangelicals, World Relief, and Catholic Relief Services. [So where is Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Services, one of the largest recipients of federal cash for the “children.” Not interested in their moral convictions.—ed]
The organizations stressed their commitment to their moral convictions, though hoping to resolve the conflict between the rules and their pro-life beliefs.
See all of our coverage of the ‘Unaccompanied minors’ issue, here. The USCCB is one of the largest recipients of federal funds to care for the kids and has been for a number of years. In 2014, 58,000 ‘unaccompanied minors’ entered the US which means, of course, that there is a lot of federal $$$ sloshing around to care for them.