Ministries Fear Restrictions Under Obama Administration

WASHINGTON (AP) - Christian ministries are bracing for what they fear will be restrictions on religious liberty once Barack Obama becomes president.

Kelly Shackelford, president of the Liberty Legal Institute, says Congress could move quickly to outlaw discrimination in hiring based on sexual orientation, even if a school or ministry teaches that homosexuality is sinful.

He says ministries also fear that a federal hate crimes law could be used against preachers, and that re-imposition of the Fairness Doctrine could require Christian broadcasters to air anti-Christian views.

Shackelford says Christian groups are weighing how to respond if
their fears are borne out.

The Human Rights Campaign, a gay rights group, did not respond to a request for comment.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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