In 2006 Chai Feldblum—whom Pres. Obama would later appoint as a commissioner of the EEOC—wrote that gay rights create a bona fide conflict with religious liberty. In an interview that same year, she told Maggie Gallagher that when there is a conflict between sexual liberty and religious liberty, sexual liberty should almost always win. In Feldblum’s own words,
I’m having a hard time coming up with any case in which religious liberty should win… Sexual liberty should win in most cases. There can be a conflict between religious liberty and sexual liberty, but in almost all cases the sexual liberty should win because that’s the only way that the dignity of gay people can be affirmed in any realistic manner.
The conflict that Feldblum predicted nearly ten years ago is now coming to fruition in case after case across the country, and those cases are being resolved along the lines that she advocated above—in favor of sexual liberty over religious liberty.
Feldblum is but one person in a larger cultural shift that we are witnessing in our country. And that shift is creating conflicts that churches and Christian groups are only just now learning how to navigate.
Lately, I have been getting a number of requests from Christians about how they can prepare for what’s ahead. Even today, I received another request. In particular, folks want to know what steps their church or Christian group needs to take in order to defend themselves from legal action against them.
For that reason, I want to highlight an important resource created by The Alliance Defending Freedom, a legal group that defends religious liberty claims across the country. It’s a 44-page booklet titled Protecting Your Ministry from Sexual Orientation Gender Identity Lawsuits. It’s a legal guide explaining how churches, Christian schools, and Christian ministries can get ready for the inevitable challenges to come. This booklet is very practical and provides a checklist that leaders should work through based on the kind of organization they serve. You can download the booklet here for free or read it below.