A few weeks ago, a Boston judge was preparing to issue the first decision of its kind anywhere in the United States: a decision declaring that a religious school must hire a gay man married to his gay partner, despite the school’s objection to homosexuality and same sex marriage. The Catholic school had offered the man a job as food services director, but upon learning that he was a homosexual and was married to his gay partner, they rescinded the job offer in light of the fact that his lifestyle did not align with the school’s religious beliefs.
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS), which has come under fire in recent years for its treatment of conservative nonprofits, proposed a rule last year that would ask nonprofits to collect the social security numbers of its donors. The NCLL and many of its supporters vehemently opposed this regulation and became an integral part of the tremendous public outcry against it. The result? The IRS backed down and withdrew the proposal a few days ago—and for good reason.
A 2008 Supreme Court decision definitively ruled that the Second Amendment provides the right for an individual to keep a weapon in his home. The argument that individuals cannot own weapons has been settled. It is a clear constitutional right.
This year we all watched while religious liberty was hijacked by the courts. Elected leaders who promised so much appear, in many cases, resigned that there is little they can do to help fix our problems. The entire nation is in wait-and-see mode. Challenges abound on many fronts—challenges that impact our children and future generations—challenges that the NCLL stands ready to meet head on.