The Obama administration announced a rule last week that threatens to strip federal contracts from religious relief organizations and charities that adhere to traditional views of gender and sexuality, continuing a trend of governmental hostility toward religion. National Security Adviser Susan E. Rice said the rule prohibits organizations that contract with

the U.S. Agency for International Development from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity in the administration of aid. “The United States also needs to do more to institutionalize efforts to promote LGBT rights,” Ms. Rice said in a speech at American University last week on the state of gay rights around the world. READ MORE