Faith Leaders respond to President Obama
The Washington Post Reports:
Fourteen prominent faith leaders - including some of President Obama's closest advisers - want the White House to create a religious exemption from his planned executive order banning federal contractors from discriminating in the hiring process.
A letter to the White House, sent Tuesday and made public Wednesday, includes the signatures of Michael Wear, faith director for Obama's 2012 campaign; Stephen Schneck, a leader of Catholic outreach in 2012; and Florida megapastor Joel Hunter, whom Obama has described as a close spiritual counselor.
"An executive order that does not include a religious exemption will significantly and substantively hamper the work of some religious organizations that are best equipped to serve in common purpose with the federal government.," it said. "When the capacity of religious organizations is limited, the common good suffers."
None of the groups mentioned in the letter have explicitly said they would pull out of their partnerships with the White House if they do not get an exemption.
The White House declined to comment, but Schneck said faith groups remain in conversation with the administration and are "hopeful."