Discrimination Under the Guise of ‘Religious Freedom’ Is Still Discrimination, President Trump

Following press reports that the White House was considering issuing an executive order that would roll back and undermine nondiscrimination protections for LGBT people, the administration made clear that President Trump would not repeal a landmark executive order signed by President Obama in 2014 that prohibits businesses that contract with the federal government from discriminating against LGBT people.

But this is only part of the story.

President Trump has surrounded himself with a vice president and cabinet members who have repeatedly sought to sanction discrimination against LGBT people and women in the name of religion, and nothing in the White House’s statement makes clear that these efforts are now behind us. During the campaign, Trump pledged to sign into law the so-called “First Amendment Defense Act,” the most sweeping, anti-LGBT bill in Congress. In addition, Trump transition officials reportedly gave private “assurances” to a member of Congress who was trying to attach an anti-LGBT religious exemption to the defense bill that the new administration would address the issue early in 2017. Needless to say, there remain significant concerns about what the Trump administration may be planning.

Religious freedom is a core American value that we cherish and defend,  one that is protected in the Constitution. We all have the freedom of belief regarding God and religion, including the freedom to act on those beliefs. But freedom of religion doesn’t give any of us the right to discriminate against other people. 

Any executive order that would sanction discrimination under the guise of “religious freedom” would be seen for exactly what it is: a direct assault on the rights and dignity of LGBT people and women. The ACLU has a message for President Trump: You cannot authorize discrimination by executive fiat. We won’t stand for it. Not now. Not ever.

If the administration continues to pursue policies that are unlawful and unconstitutional, the ACLU is prepared to continue to take them to court to protect the civil rights and civil liberties of everyone in this country.

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Anonymous

You are ignorant.

Anonymous

Interesting read. I think fake christians should be diagnosed with mental illness.

Stand Up

Thank you for your well-written, cogent comment. Your word salad is greatly appreciated.

Stand Up

Thank you for your well-written, cogent comment. Your word salad is greatly appreciated.

Anonymous

I thought long and hard about the issue of transgender and what I have concluded is that it is none of my damn business.

You wish

I think that if you want to wear a freaking space suit and claim that you arrived from the planet Jubota, that is your right as an AMERICAN. If you don't want to be gay...don't be gay. If you like being the sex you were born with (I'm thinking a bad word here) than by all means do so. This is the issue with people nowadays. Everyone wants to tell everyone else how their conservative ideas is sooo much better. Get used to it. What happens to a body of water that has zero movement?? It becomes stagnant. We are a thriving diversified Country. We all matter. I'm not Christian I don't buy into your fairytale. Do I denigrate you for your beliefs? Nope. You wanna believe in the Flying Spaghetti Monster be my guest. If you want to wear your wife's undergarments because you identify with femininity, do so. I'm not gay, I do have friends that are. And they deserve our respect and understanding. We are progressive. That's what progress means. If you truly are a conservative, then you would ignore all technological and medical advances. I'm sure if you were ill and needed treatment that had been developed using stem cells, that was a life saving treatment; you would be thankful you have that ability. I suggest you do as your mama told you. If you don't have anything good/positive to say about someone race, sexuality , etc then please don't.

Anonymous

Problem I have with gay/lesbian topic is the ideology. If it’s just knowing and willing adults doing gay/lesbian activities, using tobacco, but not forcing their views on others, then I don’t care. I don’t care about gay & lesbian marriage. Problem I have is that too many are gay/lesbian fanatics. Gays & lesbians support free speech for those who support homosexuality but oppose free speech for those against. Gay & lesbian groups use schools to push their agendas & if a student says something against homosexuality, the teacher censors them.

There has been free speech controversy over teachers punishing a high school student because the student said something against homosexuality which offended the teacher. In some schools they have Harvey B. Milk day forced on students. I don’t care if gay/lesbian groups want to honor HB Milk just as I don’t care about Jews celebrating Hanuka, Hindus celebrating Diwali, American Indians celebrating Native American holidays, Italians and Spaniards celebrating Columbus Day and Christians celebrating Christmas and St. Patricks Day-those holidays can also be celebrated by people aren’t members of those groups such as if non Judeo-Christians want to celebrate Hanuka and Christmas then that’s their right. I have a problem if people are forced to celebrate Hanuka, Christmas, etc.

Problem with HB Milk day, is that the teachers have force students to celebrate this day, where ugly facts about HB Milk are censored & if let’s say a high school student raises this, they get punished by the teacher. With free speech, gays & lesbians often go on anti-gay websites to give their views, yet they’re hostile to people going on gay/lesbian websites to make comments against homosexuality. That’s why so many gays & lesbians are fanatics-only want views which they like but censor what offends them.

With gay/lesbian conduct by adults, while I don’t believe in making it a crime by consenting adults, I do believe it’s best to find a cure for homosexual/lesbian conduct just as it’s best to find cure for tobacco use-also a legal product. If homosexual/lesbian conduct and tobacco use were to disappear eventually, then it’s fine with me and I wouldn’t lose sleep over it. I believe in abolishing sex change mutilations.

Raula

Free speech has its limits. Under your rational, it would be ok for a teacher to permit cursing, racial slurs, and calling women cunts and bitches. Don't hide your real agenda behind claims of free speech.

Anonymous

Gays have made ethnic insults against Blacks who made comments which offended gays. We have no right lecturing Uganda on their laws against gay/lesbian conduct, but NAACP has not supported African nations such as Uganda’s right to have laws against gay/lesbian conduct. There have been cases where Black men such as former Atlanta fire chief was fired for a book he wrote about dangers of homosexuality outside work hours which offended gay groups. NAACP did not defend the Black fire chief’s free speech rights.

& again, gay groups have made ethnic slurs against Blacks who see something wrong with gay/lesbian conduct & also slurs against Blacks who see something wrong with sex change mutilations. NAACP has not supported Blacks free speech rights because guess the NAACP thinks gay rights more important than Black free speech rights. NAACP did not condemn gay activist Dan K. Savage when Dan K. Savage made graphic comments against black US President Candidate Benjamin S. Carson.

Homosexual groups targetted gay journalists Stephen Jimenez for his Book of Matt which offended homosexual groups & have been trying to keep Stephen Jimenez’s Book of Matt from being sold. Honest discussion is discussing & rebutting-not censoring because 1 finds something offensive.

after Methew W. Shepard's murder, most people who knew ugly facts about him were shy as they don't want to sound rude by talking poorly of dead-families of the 8 year old boys who Methew W. Shepard molested were shy because they likely guessed the same thing. In few cases where people tried to tell ugly facts about Methew W. Shepard, the journalists ignored them or they were condemned for talking bad about the dead. Witnesses who spoke to Stephen Jimenez likely thought that because Stephen Jimenez is a gay journalist, that they can tell ugly facts about Methew W. Shepard w/o being condemned.

Judy & Dennis W. Shepard push 'queero worship' of Methew W. Shepard for years. They have gone to schools to speak being invited by teachers & kids have posed for pictures with Dennis & Judy Shepard. Many of the pro-gay teachers won't tolerate students giving facts which offend them & if a student were to say to Dennis & Judy Shepard that Methew W. Shepard's a child molester, drug junky & possible drug dealer, they could get punished by teacher.

The teachers support free speech right for students to pose for pictures with Dennis & Judy Shepard-the parents of a dead child molester, drug junky & possible drug dealer but they oppose free speech right for students to say ugly facts. There have been cases over students getting punished by teachers for giving views against homosexuality which offended the pro-gay teachers. Dennis & Judy Shepard hope that people who agree with them reinforce them while those who differ be shy or if they speak censor them. If Dennis & Judy Shepard are invited to speak @ a school, then kids should have a right to tell ugly facts about Methew W. Shepard though Dennis & Judy hate it.

Dennis & Judy L. Shepard have been arrogantly dishonest about who Methew W. Shepard was by trying to censor Stephen Jimenez. I have been humble not haughty, in that I don't believe in censoring Laramie Project & I don't believe in censoring Dennis & Judy L. Shepard's free speech right. I will use my free speech right to tell ugly facts about Methew W. Shepard which usu. gets omitted.

You Wish

A cure for homosexuality??? Wow. I'm offended and I'm not even gay. That makes me want to be one just to piss off the conservatives. I'm most definitely not gay. I had my same sex experience. Just to ensure that I was indeed heterosexual. Yup. Definitely hetero. I will say this though, straight people can learn a LOT from GAYS. Style, kindness, forgiveness, patience. I don't blame them for visiting anti gay sites. If I had anti men or anti asshole sites so many men would be offended over that one. I would of course get your information and then sell it to all those spamming websites...that's called smart business I think? Anyhow I'm poor, so someone would need to pay for my ant-man page.

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