The tolerant left is at it again! This time, it’s the Department of Education threatening our Constitutional rights.
This week, they announced their proposal to repeal a Trump-era policy that prohibited universities from receiving federal funding if they restricted religious student group activities.
Yep, you read that right, the Biden administration is trying to take away protections for religious students on college campuses.
The 2020 policy, initially signed by former President Donald Trump as part of an executive order in 2019, aimed to prevent universities from censoring the speech of religious students on campus. It was a much-needed step in ensuring that students of all religious backgrounds felt safe and supported on college campuses.
The announcement claims that the current DOE believes the policy is not necessary in order to protect the First Amendment right to free speech and free exercise of religion given existing legal protections. They argue that the policy has caused confusion about schools’ nondiscrimination requirements and prescribed an unduly burdensome role for the department in investigating allegations regarding public institutions’ treatment of religious student organizations. However, they provide no evidence to support these claims.
It’s truly disheartening to see the Biden administration continue to strip away constitutional protections for every American. This proposal is a big “no” from us.
The public comment phase will begin on Wednesday, Feb. 22, and remain open for 30 days for anyone to comment and provide their thoughts on the proposal. So if you’re a religious student who wants to continue feeling safe and supported on your college campus, now’s the time to speak up and let the DOE know that this proposed repeal is unacceptable.