|For Immediate Release
June 12, 2012
Manassas, VA – National Religious Broadcasters (NRB), the nation's pre-eminent association of Christian communicators and broadcasters, presented its opposition today to the Employment Non-Discrimination Act of 2011 (ENDA) before the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP), predicting that the bill which creates new employment rights for persons based on their "sexual orientation or gender identity" would assault the rights of Christian organizations if it is passed.
Dr. Frank Wright, NRB President & CEO, noted, "ENDA is just one more example of a growing trend where 'discrimination' laws collide head-on with fundamental rights of religious organizations. Full protection of religious liberties ought to be a first priority for our lawmakers in Washington."
Craig Parshall, NRB's Vice President & General Counsel, in his testimony before the Senate HELP Committee today, stated that "ENDA would impose a stunningly heavy constitutional burden on religious organizations and would interfere with their ability to pursue their mission. While ENDA has a so-called religious 'exemption' provision in its text, that language fails to provide any assurance of real protection for religious employers. Creating meaningful exemptions for religious organizations so that intrusive government regulations don't collide with their First Amendment liberties is not a legislative prerogative, it is a constitutional mandate."
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