//
you're reading...
Politics, Congress, Investigation, Republicans, FBI, internet, health, Economy, Education, Wikipedia, local news, Press Release, Justice Department, Democrats, meta, Fraud, National News, Environment

PRESS RELEASE: Department of Justice Issues Final Rule Extending Religious Liberty Protections to Beneficiaries of Federally-Funded Programs

Department of Justice
Office of Public Affairs
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, March 31, 2016

Department of Justice Issues Final Rule Extending Religious Liberty Protections to Beneficiaries of Federally-Funded Programs

Today the Department of Justice, along with other federal agencies, published a final rule that will provide religious liberty protections to beneficiaries of social services provided by faith-based organizations that receive federal financial assistance and will affirm that such organizations are able to compete for government funds on the same basis as other organizations.

For example, under the new regulations, a religious organization that is awarded a grant to carry out a social service must notify any beneficiary, in writing, that he or she may not be discriminated against based on religion and may request an alternative provider if he or she objects to the religious character of the organization. In addition, the regulations specify that all decisions about federal financial assistance must be based on merit, not on an organization’s religious affiliation or lack thereof. The regulations—which are being published after public notice and comment—formally implement Executive Order 13559, entitled “Fundamental Principles and Policymaking Criteria for Partnerships with Faith-Based and Other Neighborhood Organizations.”

Among other things, the department’s final regulations:

Require that all decisions about awards of federal financial assistance from the department must be made on the basis of merit, not on the basis of religion, religious belief, or lack thereof and must be free from political interference, or even the appearance of such interference.

Reaffirm that faith-based or religious organizations are eligible to participate in any department program for which they are otherwise eligible on the same basis as any other organization.

Clarify that organizations that receive direct federal financial assistance from the department may not engage in “explicitly religious activities” unless they are offered separately, providing examples of such activities.

Prohibit organizations that receive federal financial assistance from the department from discriminating against beneficiaries or prospective beneficiaries on the basis of religion, a religious belief, a refusal to hold a religious belief, or a refusal to attend or participate in a religious practice.

Require faith-based or religious organizations providing services under a program supported by direct federal financial assistance from the department to provide written notice of certain protections to beneficiaries and prospective beneficiaries, including the following statements—
The organization may not discriminate against beneficiaries or prospective beneficiaries on the basis of religion, a religious belief, a refusal to hold a religious belief, or a refusal to attend or participate in a religious practice;

The organization may not require beneficiaries or prospective beneficiaries to attend or participate in any explicitly religious activities that are offered by the organization and any participation by beneficiaries in such activities must be purely voluntary;

The organization must separate in time or location any privately funded explicitly religious activities from activities supported by direct federal financial assistance;

If a beneficiary or prospective beneficiary objects to the religious character of the organization, the organization will undertake reasonable efforts to identify and refer the beneficiary or prospective beneficiary to an alternative provider to which the beneficiary or prospective beneficiary has no objection; and

Beneficiaries or prospective beneficiaries may report an organization’s violation of these protections, including any denials of services or benefits by an organization, by contacting or filing a written complaint with the Office for Civil Rights or the intermediary that awarded funds to the organization.
The final regulations become effective 30 days after publication in the Federal Register and recipients of federal financial assistance must comply with the regulations 90 days after publication in the Federal Register.

Advertisements

About FREDERICA CADE

Most of the information you will see comes from some Federal/state Government documents or Federal/State Governm Agency. -----------------------------------------------The fellow that can only see a week ahead is always the popular fellow, for he is looking with the crowd. But the one that can see years ahead, he has a telescope but he can't make anybody believe that he has it. ~~~~Will Rogers __The woman who follows the crowd will usually go no further than the crowd. The woman who walks alone is likely to find herself in places no one has ever been before.~ Albert Einstein ~"I never work better than when I am inspired by anger; for when I am angry, I can write, pray, and preach well, for then my whole temperament is quickened, my understandingsharpen​ed, and all mundane vexations and temptations depart.” ~Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. _________________________________________________________________________________________ ~"The bosom of America is open to receive not only the Opulent and respectable Stranger, but the oppressed and persecuted of all Nations and Religions; whom we shall welcome to a participation of all our rights and privileges, if by decency and propriety of conduct they appear to merit the enjoyment".~___________________________________ George Washington, Address to the Members of the Volunteer Association of Ireland, December 2, 1783 Fredericacade@gmail.com

Discussion

No comments yet.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Frederica Cade’s Blog (Politics, News, Analysis, Investigation, Press Releases, Education, Economics, Internet, News Releases, Featured stories, Fraud, and History, U.S. Laws, Posted stories, Index of reports, meta,Home page)

Blog Stats #

  • 796,267 hits

Frederica Cade’s Archives

Recent Post

January 2017
M T W T F S S
« Dec   Feb »
 1
2345678
9101112131415
16171819202122
23242526272829
3031  

Frederica Cade’s Blog (Politics, News, Analysis, Investigation, Press Releases, Education, Economics, Internet, News Releases, Featured stories, Fraud, and History, U.S. Laws, Posted stories, Index of reports, meta,Home page)

Politics, local News, National News, Foreign news, Congress, President, Government, Economics, Analysis, Art, Health,Investigation, FBI, Justice Department, Fraud, Press Releases, Health Care, News Releases, Law, and History Tags

2012 Elections Affordable Care Act Alabama Albuquerque ALEC Alexandria American Legislative Exchange Council AMERICAN LEGISLATIVE EXCHANGE COUNCIL (ALEC) Analysis Arizona Atlanta Attorney General Eric Holder California charter schools Chicago Congress Connecticut Democrats Deputy Attorney General James M. Cole Donald Trump Economics Economy Education Environ Environme Environmen Environment EPA FBI Federal Election Commission (FEC) Florida fraud FreedomWorks General Georgia Governor Nikki Haley Grover Norquist Hammond Health Health Care Heritage Foundation HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius Hillary Clinton History https://fredericacade.wordpress.com https://fredericacade.wordpress.com/wp-admin/edit.php?category_name=politics-congress-investigation-republicans-fbi-internet-health-economy-education-wikipedia-local-news-press-release-justice-departm Idaho Illinois Inc. Indiana Internet Investigation Iowa IRS jobs Jr. Justice Department Kansas Kara Pally Keystone XL Knoxville Koch Koch Brothers Koch Industries Laws local news Louisiana Maryland Massachusetts Matte Kibbe Memphis meta Miami Michigan Minnesota Mississippi Missouri Mitt Romney Montana Nashville National News Nebraska New Jersey New Mexico News New York Nikki Haley North Carolina Ohio Oklahoma Oregon outsourcing Paul Ryan Pennsylvania Philadelphia Politics President President Obama Press Release Public Schools Puerto Rico record Republicans Rhode Island South Carolina South Dakota Sr. Tennessee Texas Top Story TransCanada Vincent Sheheen Virginia Voting Rights Act Voting Rights Act of 1965 WASHINGTON Washington D.C. West Virginia Wikipedia Wisconsin

Frederica Cade’s Blog (Politics, News, Analysis, Investigation, Press Releases, Education, Economics, Internet, News Releases, Featured stories, Fraud, and History, U.S. Laws, Posted stories, Index of reports, meta,Home page)

Follow me on Twitter

Frederica Cade’s Blog (Politics, News, Analysis, Investigation, Press Releases, Education, Economics, Internet, News Releases, Featured stories, Fraud, and History, U.S. Laws, Posted stories, Index of reports, meta,Home page)