House Committee Advances Bill To Override Obama’s Executive Order On Anti-LGBT Discrimination

The Washington Post reports

The measure, introduced by freshman Rep. Steve Russell (R-Okla.) at 12:30 a.m. as the House Armed Services Committee prepared to pass the defense bill, would require the government to give religious organizations it signs contracts with exemptions in federal civil rights law and the Americans Disabilities Act.

Those laws do not ban discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. So the legislation would effectively override the executive order President Obama issued in 2014 prohibiting federal contractors from such discrimination.

The amendment provides an exemption for “any religious corporation, religious association, religious educational institution or religious society” contracting with the government. It quickly prompted heated exchanges between Russell and committee Democrats, who said it was purposefully unclear.

The measure, approved 33-29 on a mostly party-line vote at 2 a.m., could signal that the backlash in numerous states against LGBT anti-discrimination laws is now moving to Congress.

A coalition of 42 civil rights groups has issued a joint letter denouncing the bill. (Tipped by JMG reader Ryan)

RELATED: Russell owns a gun factory. His weapons were used in American Sniper.

  • aar9n

    Ha. The Americans Disabilities Act. What type of religion discriminates against disabled people?

    Buzzzzzzzz!

    What is “Christianity”

    • teeveedub

      I have a deeply held belief that Braille is the work of Satan. /s

      • m_lp_ql_m

        Only if read with certain parts of the body.

        • Left-handed?

        • But those are the most sensitive parts!
          Braille: “Like a thousand tiny fingers urging her to let go.”

    • CCleverly

      What is “Christianity”?… hell, I don’t know, but it rhymes with insanity.

      • camel54

        This

    • StSean

      i imagine this is a hint at the next vulnerable group to be targeted by Religion, Inc.

  • Blake Jordan

    No chance of it being veto proof, right?

    • Bruno

      Nah, don’t think so. It’s just red meat to the base.

      • Frostbite

        A bullet point for those running for re-election: “I support your religious discrimination rights!”

    • Treant

      Zero. The Republicans don’t have large enough majorities in either chamber.

      • Bruno

        Not only that but I’m not sure there’s a majority for this amendment in the Senate, let alone a filibuster-proof one.

        • Treant

          That, too. It’ll die in the Senate and never pass anyway, or the Senate will pass a version without this Amendment and it’ll get stricken during reconciliation.

          • Bruno

            The latter, since it’s an amendment to the defense bill.

    • BobSF_94117

      Obama isn’t going to veto the Defense Authorization Bill because of something like this.

      • Frostbite

        No, but he could “line item veto” it out.

        • BobSF_94117

          No he can’t. There is no line-item veto.

          • glimsong

            Yea only state governors have that power.

      • Bruno

        Why not? If he doesn’t have the guts to do it with this, then they can get away with adding any Rethug law they want to a defense bill knowing he won’t veto it.

        • BobSF_94117

          That’s exactly what they’re doing. The only recourse is to pressure the Senate to not include it in their version. (Cuz there’s no way the GOP House is going to back down.)

          • Bruno

            I don’t think he’d be so hesitant to veto it. But you may have a different opinion of Obama than I do in the face of this type of thing.

          • BobSF_94117

            It depends on timing. A president can’t not sign the Defense Authorization Act. All sorts of stuff goes to shit if he does, important stuff.

            I suspect this will die a deserved death in the Senate.

          • Bruno

            Probably. I don’t see this playing well with Mark Kirk or Lisa Murkowski and a few others.

      • Stev84

        And hasn’t in the past when they stuck anti-gay language in it

  • bkmn

    Every election counts but this one in November more than ever. No one can sit on the sidelines this time.

    • kaydenpat

      This cannot be stressed enough.

    • Platos_Redhaired_Stepchild

      The worst Democrat candidate is better than best Republican one. Vote blue, folks. It might not be the lady or gentlemen of your choice but they are the better choice than the GOP.

    • Traxley Launderette

      But but but ONLY BERNIE can save us and I will only vote for him even if it means all the other people who aren’t white and straight have to live in a hellhole for decades because I WANT WHAT I WANT AND I GET WHAT I WANT. So there.

      Really, you guys. I’m so close to taking the stickers off my car so that I’m not mistaken for one of THEM.

      • Yeah I’m voting for Bernie in the primary and Hillz in November.
        I hope this isn’t real rare.

        • This IS kinda cute though.
          Yes, I vow to vote in November!

        • Traxley Launderette

          Same here. And I’m catching hell for it. Boo fucking hoo.

          • https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/3af16e9301d1c69cb6674c7feb75427f63ee15baca8ff347884e20bf2da4df48.png If you like Bernie, and agree with him on the importance of voting, what else makes sense? Bernie said voting for the GOP is like a chicken voting for Colonel Sanders. He NEVER said don’t vote. I look forward https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/99ea8ada3e1e86d4d9f49b00d80b1d22976bf7fdea4a7b9273b0ddbd9ba6ee1d.png to a terrific speech from him at the convention.

          • Traxley Launderette

            I agree with you. Bernie has never said that anyone should sit out the election. He’s consistently encouraged action.

            What I’m seeing, however, is a growing number of people claiming that they will stay home in November if Sen. Sanders isn’t nominated — and of those voters, there appear to be more than a few who will refuse to vote in state and local elections.

            And that’s what troubles me.

          • I’ve seen this, I’ve heard it, I’m terrified by it.

          • Traxley Launderette

            Right. I’m baffled by the logic used.

            It’s the local reps that got pro-LGBT legislation introduced and encouraged, and the people saw the light.

            It’s the state reps, the governor and his appointees here in Michigan that poisoned the people of Flint, as well as introduced pointless and harmful bills that do nothing to promote the well-being of the people. It’s congressional reps and senators that block and sabotage budgets and provide no leadership.

            Yet they’ll sit this one out because their revolution’s exalted father figure may not win the nomination of the party that they hate but decided to crash anyway.

            I think that’s brazenly selfish.

          • Delusional narcissism gives people a supposed excuse to not be responsible for what happens. Yet we are.

  • My god that is one slimy looking guy.

    • Judas Peckerwood

      I would never have guessed that he owns a gun factory. Never.

    • D. J.

      Guess he’d like to line up the differently-abled and use us for target practice?

    • Traxley Launderette

      He’s moved up on my Punchable Faces list. He’s ahead of Tres Gaudy but behind Rick “Skeletor” Scott.

  • Frostbite

    And Obama won’t veto this?

  • Mark McGovern

    Can the President veto this bill?

    • Frostbite

      Can and undoubtedly will, unless they delay it until after the election and hope a republican wins.

      • aar9n

        They can delay it and enjoy the next blue president and blue court wiping their asses with their bill.

        • Frostbite

          I’m sure they realize that, they’re only hoping this will help with various election campaigns.

  • Rebecca Gardner
    • kaydenpat

      Too many Republicans do.

  • Bruno

    3 words: Line. item. veto.

    • BobSF_94117

      Which. Doesn’t. Exist.

      • Bruno

        Maybe. It. Should.

        • Glimsong

          It did once, but the supreme court ruled it unconstitutional. This was back in the days when Clinton was President.

          • Bruno

            They keep trying though. Hopefully next year we’ll have a very different SCOTUS.

        • BobSF_94117

          Then. Amend. The. Constitution.

          (At this point, I’m just having fun. with. the. periods.)

          • Bruno

            Or appoint different SCOTUS personnel.

          • BobSF_94117

            That’s a very Republican thing to suggest. It’s settled law.

          • Bruno

            Wasn’t Bowers vs. Hardwick “settled law”?

          • BobSF_94117

            Bowers vs. Hardwick was a single 5/4 decision, with the swing vote publicly lamenting his vote within a few years. It was poorly decided, poorly explained and even then it lasted 17 years. No SCOTUS is going to allow the line-item veto, unless Trump wins and stacks the Court with his family.

  • Christ. What an asshole.

    I wonder what his kink is?

    • Judas Peckerwood

      He owns a gun factory, so I’m guessing snuff.

    • Frostbite

      Ammosexual, sticking one in the chamber.

      • David F.

        Most likely fires blanks, which would explain a lot.

    • m_lp_ql_m

      Christ’s? That whole crucifixion thing is rather BDSM. But I’ve heard he was a furry.

      • Bluto

        mmmm, furry jeesus.

  • Scott Fitler

    These a-holes are multiplying like cockroaches. You need to add the tag “Yet another Republican Douche…”

    • Chucktech

      You’re just seeing all the rats fleeing the bilge as it fills with water.

  • Chucktech

    That’s it, you Republican puke, shore up those christian privileges and entitlements, while throwing red meat to your goofy gawdly base. I’m beginning to think I might just live long enough to see those entitlements and privileges eviscerated.

  • BobSF_94117

    The measure, introduced by freshman Rep. Steve Russell (R-Okla.) at
    12:30 a.m. as the House Armed Services Committee prepared to pass the
    defense bill, would require the government to give religious
    organizations it signs contracts with exemptions in federal civil rights
    law and the Americans Disabilities Act.

    OK, having read that sentence over half a dozen times, shouldn’t that be “…to federal civil rights law…”?

    • scorpiomike

      I think it means to say they want the same exemptions for these organizations that already exist in federal civil rights law and the ADA.

  • Jimmy Fulton

    These Republicans can’t handle that they’ve lost so they are trying to do anything and everything to make discrimination legal!!

  • Mark Neé Fuzz

    Why is the government signing contracts with any frickin’ religious organization? That’s what I’d like to know.

  • HZ81

    A desperate party in its death throes.

    • Richard, another Canuck

      Got my fingers crossed for that sentiment!

      • HZ81

        Me, too. I want a landslide pushing them out of office. I want Hillary Dressed as Alexis Carrington going to a funeral on election night.

        • Christopher Smith

          I think bordello RED, don’t you?

      • HZ81

        Me, too. I want a landslide pushing them out of office. I want Hillary Dressed as Alexis Carrington going to a funeral on election night. I want them gone.

    • fuzzybits
  • 3ringquercus

    Or maybe we should get rid of the “Faith-Based Initiatives” that funnel money to religious bigots.

    • Johnny Wyeknot

      Totally

    • Sk3ptic

      I’d like to see him put his money where his mouth is. Faith based? Then no technology. Of any kind. Because if gawd didn’t provide it as is, clearly we shouldn’t need it..

      • Nic Peterson

        I’d like to see him plant some corn on that ample forehead.

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        • Farmer Niceguy’s a gun maker.
          His seeds are bullets.

    • MonochromeMouse

      they should go farther and remove tax exemptions for religious groups, im sick of paying to maintain my state’s churches and temples that i never go to

    • Discriminatory firing. Fresh daily from the GOP.
      Fulfilling CruzCarly’s promise this morning of “Jobs. Freedom. Security.”
      Ahahahaha!

  • NancyP

    Anything to piss off Obama, is the Republican motto. If Obama instituted a Know-the-U.S-Constitution day, Republicans would find some reason that this is Un-American and Pandering to Terrorists. The only thing that Rs might give Obama a pass on is if Obama signed an executive order giving the representatives and senators free steak dinners.

    • Frostbite

      I would love to see Obama do something like this, like declare Oxygen the national gas. Maybe all the republicans will boycott it!

  • Mark Neé Fuzz

    Is it just me or does it look like he hit the bong before 4:20?

  • Eriq von Hagen

    This is so much more important than protecting Americans against the Zika virus.

    • Short term.

    • The Republicans figure microcephalic babies will inevitably grow up to be Republicans.

      • TuuxKabin

        Unfortunately for the babies and rethuglicans microcephalic babies don’t usually grow up to be a voters. ;{

        • ColdCountry

          But you bygawd can’t abort one!

          • TuuxKabin

            As far as I know abortions are still legal.

          • clay

            (where available, limited time offer)

          • ColdCountry

            Some restrictions may apply….

          • ColdCountry

            For now. BUT they are damn near impossible to access in some places.

    • kaydenpat

      Republican motto: Hate wins!

  • Lazycrockett

    Old privileged white people have too much time on their hands.

    • grobi

      as long as their hands are only on time and not teenage boys

  • Jerry Kott

    They are not done hating, they need to continue to scrape the bottom of the barrel-that is where they live, and get seconds. They just can’t get pass the thrill when harassing Gay folks was like shooting fish in a barrel.

  • D. J.

    Time to eliminate all “faith based” initiatives. That needs to be done anyway.

  • oikos

    Another productive use of GOTP time. I’m sure President Obama will sign this-said no one ever.

  • AtticusP

    When Donald Trump becomes the GOP Presidential nominee and,

    along with the ass-kicking that the Democratic candidate will hand him, he pulls all of the down-ticket candidates on the Republican side down with him,

    and throws control of both houses of Congress to the Democrats, as well as handing them the White House,

    and Mitch McConnell becomes minority leader and crawls back into his fucking shell,

    and Paul Ryan returns to the obscurity that he so richly deserves,

    I will be a happy, happy man.

    • William

      Someone needs to drop the dime on Mitch, his closet is overstuffed with skeletons.

  • crewman

    Well now we know what happened to Slytherin alum Draco Malfoy when he grew up.

    • Tigernan Quinn

      Of course we do. It was spelled out in the last few paragraphs of the last book when he brought Scorpius to Hogwarts.

    • Capritaur

      Beat me to it!

    • Capritaur

      Russel’s resemblance to Lucius Malfoy is uncanny.

    • He got rejected by Potter?

    • Platos_Redhaired_Stepchild

      Draco Malfoy married another pureblood named Astoria Greenglass and spawned another inbred purebred named Scorpius. I always believed Draco was a closet case in love (and hate) with Harry Potter.

  • Rebecca Gardner

    He really likes his penis extenders.

    https://youtu.be/kZE3e_8D_Wk

    • Rebecca Gardner

      You all know I own guns. I do have to admit, after watching that video a second time, he does do nice work. The AK-47 is lots of fun to shoot too, especially full auto.

      Please don’t beat me up. I’m just sayin’.

  • Mark

    OH well, it is Oklahoma – where you can drop your dick in a drunk (even unconscious) woman’s mouth, do your bizness – and nope – it isn’t rape.

  • RLK2

    Screaming and denouncing it is not enough. This seems to be a every day occurrence now. It was just a matter of time when congress would get involved. The LGBT leadership better find an answer and strategy against this. We look weak!

  • RyanInIllinois

    When do you think that US Christians will realize that chaining their religion to anti-gay (plus, in this case, anti-disability) bigotry is not very good for the brand image?

    • Bruno

      It plays very well to their base, especially in southern states. They’re pretty much in an echo chamber of hate.

    • Stev84

      In a few decades maybe. Then they will claim that they were always for it.

      • Bruno

        In 20 years, Republicans will deflect anti-gay accusations by saying the Democratic Party should apologize for Clinton signing DOMA.

  • Cuberly

    OT: Live feed to protests in front of the CA-GOP convention. They’ve been holding off on starting the convention due to the protests.

    Watching the ballroom where the convention is taking place is interesting. Looks rather sparsely attended. Gawd I feel bad for the catering staff having to work that event. That’s gotta suck.

    http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Live-Protests-before-Trump-speech-at-Bay-Area-7383921.php

    • Sam_Handwich

      sparsely attended because protestors have the main road blocked

      • Cuberly

        Yup, they showed that earlier.

        There was a bit of a skirmish that broke out about 5 min ago then the video feed switched to the ballroom.

        • Sam_Handwich
          • Cuberly

            “Fuck the GOP!”

            I can go with that sentiment.

            https://twitter.com/KVeklerov/status/726129502405844992

          • Rebecca Gardner

            Yeah. I think Americans have fucking had enough of the bullshit from the GOP. This is awesome.

          • Cuberly

            Yep, and it’s going to be like this for a few days apparently. More interesting images to be associated with the GOP. The “Big Tent” party.

          • billbear1961

            A “Big Tent” full of toxic SHIT!!

          • Cuberly

            Yep, the tent covering the stockyard.

          • clay

            “Big tent” around a tiny, little, narrow(minded) platform.

          • Cuberly

            Watched a bit of the convention, then Drumpf’s speech. No joke, the first 30 min were basically a sermon. No exaggeration, it was gawd gawd gawd gawd, best country in the entire universe, gawd gawd gawd…etc…

            It was so narrow of a platform as to be a tight-rope.

          • clay

            Good to know they’re sticking with their circus theme.

          • Cuberly

            And this one is an eye-roll worthy one….

            https://twitter.com/KVeklerov/status/726122057977618433

          • clay

            Do sociopaths get lonely?

          • Cuberly

            I guess, as long as their love interest can’t chew through the restraints, no.

    • Bruno

      I wonder why they’d have a CA GOP convention in the Bay Area. I’d think Orange County or San Diego County would be a better setting for them.

      • Sam_Handwich

        they’re dumber than a sack of shit

        • Bruno

          The California GOP these days is like a 4-year old on timeout with all their toys taken away.

          • Cuberly

            I find it interesting when any GOPer here attempts to go off on a hate filled rant they are slapped down HARD by the local GOP officials and even moreso in the media. It’s an interesting phenomena.

      • Cuberly

        Yep, that’s a head scratcher. And Burlingame no less. They have a very large latino population, not to mention not far from some rather big colleges.

    • tcinsf

      Cruz is gonna be here tomorrow. He’d probably best leave Carly somewhere else … lotta HP employees (and former employees) will have tomorrow off.

      • Cuberly

        OMG! And in Burlingame! Holy Shit, they would NOT want to see her…dang!

        • tcinsf

          I’m not leaving my house and I’m battening the hatches.
          Prolly leaving early to avoid the fiasco in case they try to block the bridge.

          • Cuberly

            Smart move. I bet it’s going to be a rather disruptive weekend.

            And I’m ok with that. I better go run some errands now though.

      • Anybody break it to Ted yet that in a contested GOP convention, which is the only way he can get the nomination, he has no right whatsoever to pick his running mate?

        • William

          Balloon popper!!

  • RLK2

    So elections do matter! Vote this November.

    • Rebecca Gardner

      ^^^THIS!^^^

      #VoteBlueNoMatterWho

      • CCleverly

        Me too 🙂 V O T E V O T E V O T E V O T E V O T E V O T E

    • fuzzybits

      And tell everyone you know to vote.

    • Ginger Snap

      Up VOTE and VOTE, VOTE, VOTE one and all.

  • Steve has Gayface for DAAAAYYYSSS!

  • Baby Dave

    What is it with Oklahoma? Sally Kern, this asshole, the OKC bomber… what, does Scott Walker oversee the drinking water for that state too?

    • TrollopeReader

      the governor’s daughter at one point lived in a trailer in the governor’s driveway … and hooked it up to the mansion’s (state’s) electricity ….

      • William

        Fancy!

    • Bruno

      I think you mean Rick Snyder (Michigan gov.). But I totally get the confusion.

  • fuzzybits

    Oh a religious gun nut. Yay.

  • I just have to ask this, and please pardon the shouting to come: WHY THE FUCK would a religious organization want to discriminate against disabled people?

    Seriously, what is the religious basis for any set of spiritual beliefs to include, “Well, we don’t hire people who are mentally challenged or physically disabled”?

    • Dazzer

      The serious answer to this is that if God loved them, then He wouldn’t have made them disabled.

      Therefore, a disability is a sign of God’s displeasure in your existence.

      I kid you not. There are some incredibly fucked up Christians out there who believe this to the grimy, maggoty crawling slime that passes for their bones.

      • Thanks… I guess you’re right. I mean if a religion can basically say women are inherently less than men and thus not deserving of equal rights (which is a whole lot of the world’s patriarchal religions), I guess it’s not a stretch to conclude some of them simply do think those with physical or mental disabilities are evil.

        After all, centuries ago, such individuals often were killed outright.

        I’m just flabbergasted to see this kind of casual barbarism seen as a religious belief deserving of ANY accommodation.

      • billbear1961

        There were some who tried to make my grandmother believe she was ill because God was punishing her for her sins!

        She was a believer who hadn’t a sinful bone in her body!!

        I will NEVER forgive the EVIL god-fearing “Christians” who tried to plant that thought in her frightened mind!!

        God DAMN and ROT them ALL!!

    • Remember just what kind of special asshole Old Testerment god was.
      Leviticus 21:17-23American Standard Version (ASV)

      17 Speak unto Aaron, saying, Whosoever he be of thy seed throughout their generations that hath a blemish, let him not approach to offer the bread of his God. 18 For whatsoever man he be that hath a blemish, he shall not approach: a blind man, or a lame, or he that hath a [a]flat nose, or anything superfluous, 19 or a man that is broken-footed, or broken-handed, 20 or crook-backed, or a dwarf, or that hath a blemish in his eye, or is scurvy, or scabbed, or hath his stones broken; 21 no man of the seed of Aaron the priest, that hath a blemish, shall come nigh to offer the offerings of Jehovah made by fire: he hath a blemish; he shall not come nigh to offer the bread of his God. 22 He shall eat the bread of his God, both of the most holy, and of the holy: 23 only he shall not go in unto the veil, nor come nigh unto the altar, because he hath a blemish; that he profane not my sanctuaries: for I am Jehovah who sanctifieth them.

      • So, it’s basically just more fucking barbarism.

        • Normally they ignore most of it other than the gay part, it’s a rare hate-filled church that goes this far. And I don’t say that with any respect for the rest of them.

      • William

        I’ve broken my foot a few times, so I’m out.

    • clay

      To save money. “We don’t want to spend anything to upgrade our building. We don’t want to hire teachers for special education. We don’t want to accommodate medical disabilities.”

      And that also answers the hidden question of why contract with religious groups. “Because they can do the job cheaper.” (But really, they’re only doing part of the job, and dumping the rest of their client population back onto the public.)

  • billbear1961

    FUCK these evil, twisted, fascist BASTARDS!!

    Now they’re going after the disabled, too?!

    God ROT them!!

    To HELL with them!!

    This is all obscene grandstanding for the SCUM in their goddamned base!!

    If such a bill is approved by both houses, the President will VETO the vile thing!!

  • Ninja0980

    Both parties are the same though right folks?
    Do people not get why you should vote blue no matter who yet?

    • The ones at whom you’re directing that remark will never get it, being immune to evidence, facts, or reason.

  • Lindoro Almaviva

    so lemme see if i got this right:

    They want to overdo an executive order (something they have no power to do) with a law that will very likely be vetoed, not have enough votes to pass or simply deleted when the time comes because it is not related to the bill at hand.

    Well, isn’t that the way the republicans in congress like it? One more reason why we need to vote blue all the way this year.

    • Nic Peterson

      It’ll never make it past reconciliation with the senate version.

    • William

      At least it’s not another bill to repeal Obamacare.

  • lymis

    We have to be particularly careful about “religious associations” because once that’s in the law, nothing prevents someone from coming up with the “Christian Chamber of Commerce, an association of Christians dedicated to witnessing Jesus Christ in the secular marketplace,” charge $1 a year for membership, and then voila, all the discrimination you want to engage in, free and clear.

    • m_lp_ql_m

      Isn’t that the definition of the Catholic Church already?

      • lymis

        Not hardly. But nice try.

    • Platos_Redhaired_Stepchild

      Only if they are required to live by Biblical law at all times and post in their store front window all the people they’re required to discriminate against at all times. If they violate the law like wearing mixed fiber clothing or getting divorced, the punishment is death by stoning. No exceptions.

  • TimJ

    The Repubs haven’t got anything better to do, like legislation that actually helps their constituents (OK is aOK!), so they come us with this silliness. What assholes.

  • Richard B

    Why do Republicans hate America so much?

  • William

    Mr Russell thinks owning a gun factory make him look straight.

  • JT

    This guy is probably on Grindr.

  • grobi

    Don’t they have any important stuff to do ?

    • Since there’s no umpteenth Obamacare repeal vote this week, they’re compelled to fill the time with something even more vile.

      • So, are the Koch brothers behind this piece of shit law too?

  • Tempus Fuggit

    d’Awwwwww, look! Eddie Munster’s all grown up old now!

  • KnownDonorDad

    Someone’s REALLY overcompensating.

  • greenmanTN

    Steve Russell looks EXACTLY like what I thought Draco Malfoy would as an adult! Coincidence? I think not!

  • bob

    This is why nothing gets done in Washington. They keep trying to add bullshit to any bill that comes along.

  • Queequeg

    Sure don’t do anything helpful like confirming a Supreme Court Justice. Just continue to be obstructive and destructive. Kill your party now.

  • Hank

    This is what I expect next from his “Klan”!!!

  • lenvus

    I am sure someone on here said this already but, in case not, if this were to pass…there is always an easy solution: President Obama could simply deny religious institutions and organizations federal contracts. (Of course it’s really not that simple, and the moment one decent, notable, and excellent organization is hurt, maybe the haters will begin to crawl back into the gutters and rescind this horrible, discriminatory policy.)

  • So the GOP isn’t happy hating up only on the trans folk, nor the LBG folk, nor women folk, nor the wounded soldiers, now they are going after the disabled?

    What the fuck is wrong with those Americans who support the GOP? Do they hate everyone? Have zero compassion for anyone? I worry about the human race.

  • Taleisin

    Any chance of a Job Bill, or some legislation that would help the country?

    • Hue-Man

      You’ve got your priorities wrong! Here’s what’s really important.

      “The U.S. House voted Tuesday evening to adopt the North American bison as the national mammal of the United States”

      • Taleisin

        Thank god we have finally got that sorted out. :-/

        • Hue-Man

          Buffalo, NY, will be celebrating a national holiday.

  • Raising_Rlyeh

    Yeah, because I can totally see being a faith-based, i.e. christian, organization and providing service for an organization that kills people.

  • jonfromcalifornia

    Just call it what it is – the Special Rights for Christians Act.

  • Ginger Snap

    So christians want to be able to discriminate not only those icky gays but the disabled as well. How fucking christian of them. I’m sure your Jesus is proud of you.

  • JustSayin’

    Someones trying to get reelected.

  • Eric in Oakland

    “…would require the government to give religious organizations it signs contracts with exemptions in federal civil rights law and the Americans Disabilities Act.

    So don’t allow the government to sign contracts with “religious” organisations. Problem solved!

    • Jimmie Z

      A critical thinker — how rare!

  • Joe knows who I am.

    What do we have to do to actually have these fuckers taxed? Can anyone tell me that?

  • kaydenpat

    President Obama won’t sign it so what’s the point?

  • Homo Erectus

    The GOP doesn’t understand human sexuality….

    • JCF

      Elephants are pretty smart. He’s just as likely to be thinking “How do you mate using that little thing??”

      ;-p~~~

  • Oh look, veto fodder.

  • koolaidyarn

    How about the government just fucking stops contracting with “any religious corporation, religious association, religious educational institution or religious society,” and avoid any potential conflict of values?

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    • JCF

      Do you think “off-the-shoulder black tunic, by the sea” chick knows her pic’s being used in Spam after Spam after Scam?

  • Vista-Cruiser

    Yes this is horrible, but it’s a direct and foreseeable result of allowing Republicans to take over Congress. And that happened because Democratic-leaning citizens didn’t bother to vote back in 2010 and 2014.

  • JCF

    “Russell owns a gun factory. His weapons were used in American Sniper.”

    …and of course, I’m sure he considers it a “religious corporation”!

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  • Am I the only one who saw that pic of Steve Russell and thought it was Rahm Emanuel? They both look like Bond villains… or maybe dark wizards. Protego maxima!

  • Larry in Oklahoma

    Poor Steve Russell. He’s drinking the same Kool-Aid that Gov. Mary Fallin is. Why not try to get a raise for all of the Oklahoma employees? How about more jobs? How about more businesses into the rural areas? How about changing the 1900s way of thinking there and coming into the present day? As long as he and the guv are focused on stupid sh1t like this, they don’t have to deal with the sorry state that the STATE is in. But Praise Gawd for people like Steve Russell and Mary Fallin.