Rule Published for Religious Freedom in Social Services

Federal departments propose rulemaking to clarify religious rights.

Nine federal agencies proposed a new rule to restore religious liberty protections for those who use social services. The proposition would require all who administer social service programs to notify their beneficiaries of their religious freedoms during their meetings and, when requested, provide information for alternative providers that are more compatible with beneficiaries’ religious beliefs. 

The Departments of Health and Human Services, Agriculture, Education, Homeland Security, Housing and Urban Development, Justice, Labor, and Veterans Affairs partnered with the United States Agency for International Development to publish the proposition.

“Today’s announcement builds a whole-of-government approach in social services to ensure nondiscrimination on the basis of religion,” said Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra. “These proposed rules would provide important protections for Americans who rely on federally funded social service programs.”

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For the secretaries of the Cabinets as they collaborate on the prevention of religious discrimination.
  • For U.S. officials as they provide social services and seek to protect the exercise of religion.
  • For the president and his advisors as they consider ways to address equity and discrimination.

Sources: Department of Health and Human Services


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