Washington (CNN) - Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Monday announced the Department of Justice's creation of a "religious liberty task force" to "help the department fully implement our religious guidance."
In a speech at the Department of Justice's Religious Liberty Summit in Washington, Sessions said the goal of the task force will be protecting religious groups from persecution.
"The task force will help the department fully implement our religious liberty guidance by ensuring that all Justice Department components are upholding that guidance in the cases they bring and defend, the arguments they make in court, the policies and regulations they adopt and how we conduct our operations," Sessions said. "That includes making sure that our employees know their duties to accommodate people of faith."
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SERIOUSLY??? "... protecting religious groups from persecution?!?" This couldn't be more transparent if it were a product of Pittsburgh Plate Glass. The purpose of this "task force" can be none other than cementing fundamentalist Christian privilege in American culture when it has been failing and fading in large portion for the past several decades. Advances in women's rights and LGBT rights will likely be squarely in the crosshairs of this wheel-horse for frightened believers, and with Kavanaugh on the bench, judicial approval may well be a fait accompli, once (and IF) he is installed on the court.
Reaction to this travesty is already happening. Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove of NBC News calls the task force: "part of a dangerous Christian nationalist campaign of discrimination ... It is not enough for Christian nationalists to freely exercise their vision of a good life. In the name of 'liberty,' they want the right to discriminate against those with whom they disagree." Roy Speckhardt of the American Humanist Association asserts: "We are disturbed that Jeff Sessions is using the Department of Justice to create special rights for the Religious Right at the expense of other Americans." And Andrew Seidel of the Freedom From Religion Foundation states: “The list of ways this administration is using religion as a cudgel to violate the civil rights of minority citizens is endless. To be consistent with American values, with the U.S. Constitution, and with this Potomac Declaration and Plan of Action, this administration should strongly condemn and punish discrimination in the name of a god, whether at home or abroad, not defend it here and decry it elsewhere.”
The long and the short of it is that it's time to dust off your favorite word processor and let your representatives know that the actions of Trump and Sessions in creating this mechanism is not acceptable to us in any way, shape or form. It's time to raise hell, people!!!
Oh, how comforting! That guy is a piece of work, isn't he?
Patricia, you don't want to guess at how this pisses me off. He's basically taking orders from the Religious Reich, and anyone who believes differently or doesn't believe at all be damned. This shit has got to stop, and it can't stop soon enough to suit me.
I found him frightening the last time he was on our news, & thought of fanatical madness.
This is beyond the pale, Bertold. This is a blatant play to fundamentalist Christianity to empower their bigotry, and it cannot be allowed to persist. We need to get the word out to those in power who represent us and let them know the level of our displeasure. I just did.
Which is why we need to raise a ruckus NOW. Trump backs off when he knows he's overmatched. It's time to rub his nose in it.