Biden Administration Proposes Rule Change Which Could Bar Christians From Government Employment

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The Biden Administration’s Office of Personnel Management (OPM) has proposed a new hiring rule which could bar Christians and others with differing values from government employment.  Current federal law states that a person is “unsuitable” for federal employment if they attempt to “overthrow the U.S. government by force.”  The OPM’s proposal would strike the words “by force” creating “provisions that are broad, ill-defined, and over-inclusive,” according to  the Family Research Council (FRC).  Coalitions senior research fellow at FRC Chris Gacek said, “such lack of clarity would give the government great leeway in keeping people out of federal employment that it did not like” and “imperil the rights of clergy and religious believers.”  The Biden administration said the rule change would only affect “conduct that is not protected by the First Amendment.”