LAKEWOOD, COLORADO—Colorado Christian University and its think tank, the Centennial Institute, today praised the U.S. Department of Labor’s proposed rule for to protect the rights of religious employers who choose to do business with the federal government.

“We applaud this proposed rule by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs to ensure that the civil rights of religious employers are protected,” said Dr. Donald Sweeting, President of Colorado Christian University. “It clarifies that religious organizations may make employment decisions consistent with their sincerely held religious tenets without fear or sanction by the federal government. That is, it affirms both religious freedom and freedom of conscience protections in a way that is consistent with the U.S. Constitution and our nation’s history.”

“Business owners in America don’t leave their faith at home when entering the public square. The proposed rule clarifications by Acting U.S. Secretary of Labor Patrick Pizzella affirm the original intent of the religious freedom protections found in the U.S. Constitution. Robust religious freedom for all people is critical to the health of our country,” said Jeff Hunt, Director of the Centennial Institute, the think tank of Colorado Christian University.

The Centennial Institute at Colorado Christian University works to enhance public understanding of the most important issues relating to faith, family and freedom. As part of this endeavor, the Institute focuses its efforts on conducting research, analyzing public policy options and sponsoring seminars, conferences, and other activities that involve students, faculty, staff and outside experts. For more information: www.ccu.edu/centennial
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