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EEOC Harassment of Belmont Abbey College Among Top Religious Liberty Concerns

A report identifying more than 600 recent instances of government hostility to religion cites a federal agency’s 2009 ruling against Belmont Abbey College, a faithful Catholic institution.

The Family Research Council and the Liberty Institute published “The Survey of Religious Hostility in America,” lamenting that “hostility against religious liberty has reached an all-time high. America’s First Freedom—the freedom of religion—is being pushed out of public life, our schools, and even our churches.”

The report includes numerous instances of bias against Christians, including Catholics, at mostly state and private secular universities. But also highlighted is the plight of Belmont Abbey College, which is recommended in The Newman Guide to Choosing a Catholic College for its faithful Catholic identity:

EEOC Tells Catholic College It Must Cover Contraceptives in Its Health Insurance

Charlotte Allen, “The Persecution of Belmont Abbey,” The Weekly Standard (Oct. 26, 2009)

When an employee of Belmont Abbey College, a private college established by Benedictine monks, discovered the college’s health care policy provided for contraceptives and abortion services, the college president immediately moved to harmonize the policy with Catholic teaching. Eight faculty members objected and filed a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. After initially ruling in support of the college, the EEOC then reversed its opinion and declared the college had engaged in gender discrimination by denying oral contraceptives to its female employees.

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