Right On Mission (ROM) is a closely-held-for-profit corporation. As such, it is to be counted as a “person” that is protected by the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993. According to the text provided in the United States Supreme Court’s 2014 decision in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc, the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) covers “any exercise of religion, whether or not compelled by, or central to, a system of religious belief.” Having this Anti-Partiality Policy is part of “the exercise of religion” of ROM’s owners.
The owners of ROM sincerely believe that “partiality” in this context refers to “unfair bias that denigrates the image of God that each and every person equally bears despite their demographic information.”
The Lord has self-revealed that “God is not one to show partiality, but in every nation, the person who fears God and does what is right is welcome to God” (Acts 10:34-35) and that God impartially judges every person in accordance with the perfect standards of God’s holiness (I Peter 1:17).
“You shall not show partiality in judgment” (Deuteronomy 1:17).
“Do nothing in a spirit of partiality” (I Timothy 5:21).
“But if you show partiality, you are committing sin and are convicted by the Law as transgressors” (James 2:9).
For whoever does wrong will receive the consequences of the wrong that the person did, and that without partiality” (Colossians 3:25).
In light of God’s commands, the owners of ROM see themselves as accountable to God to foster a workplace culture that honors the human dignity of each person.