Posted 8 months ago on Aug. 5, 2018, 8:35 a.m. EST by factsrfun
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Jeff Sessions’ ‘Religious Liberty Task Force’ Declares Holy War on LGBT People The attorney general's new ‘Religious Liberty Task Force’ will ensure that the Trump administration’s program of discrimination against LGBT people and others continues unchecked.
Tim Teeman TIM TEEMAN 07.30.18 2:15 PM ET
Sadly it is no exaggeration, no hyperbole, to say that Attorney General Jeff Sessions declared a holy war on LGBT people, LGBT equality, and LGBT rights on Monday.
He declared war on anything that could be perceived to trespass on the "religious freedom" or "religious liberty" of Christians—which is loosely defined enough to be construed as trespassing on pretty much anything he and his allies choose it to mean. Sessions said this was because there was a “dangerous movement” to erode the Christian right to worship.
There isn’t, of course; it’s an invented bogeyman for a ravenously-pursued ideological crusade. Women, religious minorities, LGBT people: Prepare to fight for your bodies, your rights to worship, your wedding cakes.
Sessions’ announcement of a “Religious Liberty Task Force” at a “Religious Liberty Summit” follows President Trump’s religious liberty executive order of May. It also follows the Department of Health and Human Services' announcement in January of a new “Conscience and Religious Freedom Division” to be housed within the agency’s Office for Civil Rights.
The “Religious Liberty Task Force”—which summons up images of a pirate ship filled with the staffs of the ADF, Liberty Counsel, and Family Research Council, sallying forth and liberating prejudiced bakers everywhere—will apparently ensure that everything Sessions laid out in his “religious liberty” memo of last October is pursued to the letter. That memo outlined how multiple government agencies should seek to uphold “religious liberty” even if it conflicts with existing anti-discrimination policies.