USDA Enacts Policy Allowing Anti-LGBT Materials

Back in May, Agriculture Sec. Sonny Purdue issued a letter allowing the posting of anti-LGBT materials at USDA-inspected plants. This week that policy went into effect.

Tony Perkins, of course, is thrilled:

The Family Research Council praised policy guidance released today by USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service that makes clear the agency will protect religious freedom and will not discriminate against anyone based on their beliefs regarding marriage and sexuality.

The guidance, titled “First Amendment and Religious Beliefs: Questions and Answers,” states that “[o]pinions about same-sex marriage, gender identity, and sexual morality are all matters of public importance… USDA respects the First Amendment rights of USDA personnel, as well as non-USDA personnel working at facilities inspected by USDA, to share their varying viewpoints on these topics, whether through oral discussion, the display or distribution of literature, or other means.”

This guidance resolves threats made by USDA inspectors against the Vander Boon family who owns a Michigan meat packing facility. Nearly two years ago, inspectors threatened to shut the family’s business down, displacing 45 employees, if they place religious material concerning marriage in the breakroom of the business.

This welcome policy development follows up on Secretary Perdue’s Policy Statement on the First Amendment, and a subsequent memorandum explaining that policy, stating that “USDA employees must act to avoid the limiting or chilling of protected speech” in facilities inspected by the USDA.

  • Scout

    🙁

    • Xiao Ai: The Social Gadfly

      Wipe that frown upside down. Then, either chew bubble gum or kick ass, but stop being a sad sack. Ain’t nobody got time for that.

  • Silver Badger

    More news from president pence.

    • kaydenpat

      That reminds me. Wasn’t Ivanka supposed to be a huge LGBT ally who would temper her father’s policies? What has happened?

      • Todd20036

        The same thing that happened to Melanoma’s war on cyber bullying.

      • NedFlaherty

        Nothinka, in a TV interview, (1) admitted being “complicit” in her father’s treachery, and (2) admitted that she doesn’t know the meaning of the word “complicit.”

      • Nowhereman

        Oh hell–we got thrown under the bus first thing.

  • Boreal
  • crewman

    For the folks lacking any semblance of empathy (I’m looking at you GOP), how do these sound to your ears:
    USDA enacts policy allowing posting of anti-Christian materials….
    USDA enacts policy allowing posting of anti-white materials…

    • Jay Silversmith

      USDA employees can inspect each other’s meat and double-check to make sure it measures up to regulations.

      • Xiao Ai: The Social Gadfly

        I’ll simply respond with, That’ll never happen. You decide what I’m referring to.

      • Nowhereman

        Yeah, but how would you weigh it? And where would you put the stamp?

    • Nowhereman

      Well they could for sure post the anti-christian ones. In fact they should do it first thing. And if it gets torn down, keep putting up more. And if they tear those down, take them to court for violating your religious freedom. There’s lots of good reasons that people who work together should NOT discuss politics or religion at work.

      • Librarykid

        It is only the plant owner’s ideas and postings that count because they are deeply religious Christians. If a worker posts something in conflict, he would probably be fired. If a worker who is also a deeply religious Christian posted something in accord with the owner, that is OK.

        • Nowhereman

          And that is why politics and religion should be kept out of the workplace.

      • James M. Kirwan

        No one will do this out of fear of getting fired. And it’s against the law to discriminate against someone’s religion.

        • Nowhereman

          If they post pro-christian literature, then they are fair game.

          • James M. Kirwan

            Not if the business owner doesn’t allow it. He’ll take it down, and if you do it again he’ll fire you. Simple as that. Especially now that this new directive has been issued

    • James M. Kirwan

      They know this is strictly about gay people and will not spread. Sure it COULD open the door for anti-Christian messages, but it won’t. For one thing, discrimination against Christians IS against the law. You can’t. It’s one of the things that make this so awful: “you have to experience my hate but I don’t have to experience yours”.

  • S1AMER

    I suppose we should be just a bit relieved the policy doesn’t also allow butchering us in the meat-packing plants, should some good christianist worker in a plant feel so inclined. (Or should I not mention this, lest I give them ideas?)

    • Tulle Christensen

      Give them a few more months they will get around to it

  • Xiao Ai: The Social Gadfly

    Meat is Murder!

  • Joe in PA

    OK, take a break, I was going through some old file, and I do mean OLD files…I found this…it helped to have some funnies at my dreary, windowless cubicle.

    Go Sparky!

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/16fc72f3f389d6db6c945a629e2cb2392ada70d727050425c9f47ef865f67bf4.png

    • Statistics Palin

      Because he can.

      • Joe in PA

        LOL…you can’t just blurt out the punch line like that! 🙂

    • Uncle Mark

      Apparently, Bannon and Sparky have a lot in common as to their contributions at meetings

  • Nic Peterson

    Did USDA inspectors really try to shut a facility down for written materials in the break room? Sounds like this might be reaching a little bit? Anyone able to back of the claim?

    • Joe in PA

      Consider the person writing that sentence. 🙁

      • Nic Peterson

        That’s the concern. Setting this kind of policy is out of scope for the department. Setting policy such as this, based on a falsehood is worse. If this stands then the christshun persecution theme gains some ground.

        Bullshit gotta be called bullshit.

  • j.martindale

    Lawsuit. Hostile work environment.

    • Craig Howell

      Unwelcome religious harassment is just as bad as unwelcome sexual harassment.

    • Nowhereman

      That’s my take on it too. And a lot of religious literature is offensive to women, and they COULD bring a discrimination suit from that angle. Bottom line, Religion and politics at the workplace can make for a miserable, less productive workforce and possibly health issues from stress. This is one of the stupidest ideas I’ve seen in awhile. Are these right wing christians so insecure in their “faith” that they have to pee on every tree and claim it for Jesus? I’m so very sick of them.

  • andrew

    Would the USDA allow postings at their sites identifying Trump as an adulterer? Jesus is quoted in the Gospels as teaching that anyone who divorces and marries another is an adulterer?

    • Uncle Mark

      I’m curious about the FRC role in this. Does this mean that the USDA will now promote the posting of Duggar/FRC-related materials, explaining to employees how to finger-bang your sisters?

    • kaydenpat

      A fornicator, an adulterer, a liar, a cheater, a scam artist. A braggart, a fool. I could go on and on and the Gospels condemn all of those things.

      • Todd Allis

        I thought this was going to be one of those “walk into a bar” jokes.

        • jerry

          OK. A fornicator, an adulterer, a liar, a cheat, a scam artist, a braggart, and a fool walk into a bar. The bartender asks, “What can I get for you, Mr. Trump?”

      • JCF

        But nevermind all that irrelevent “what Jesus actually SAID in the Gospels” business. We’re talking Christianists here.

        https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/09a7ef9070ae189d8a8b68846babf16860971b18006278762df75a83b5f19031.jpg

      • Nowhereman

        And he definitely honors other gods before the christian god. Himself, for one.

  • Chucktech

    This pig’s name is Sonny Perdue. What on false-dead-god’s earth would you expect from someone named Sonny Perdue?

    • Boreal

      I could make that piggy squeal with a cattle prod.

      • KCMC

        anal taser.

        • Joe in PA

          Do they come in different sizes? Asking for a friend.

    • james1200

      This is exactly what I’d expect from a “Sonny Perdue”. I also expect him to talk like Foghorn Leghorn.

      • David Walker

        Why…I say, “ Why ” would you say somethin’ like that? You think I talk funny? Why, when Sonny Perdue told me he wanted grits fer breakfast, I just smiled and asked, “How many?” Yuk yuk yuk. How many. Hominy. A little play on words. It’s a joke, son.

        • james1200

          I say boy, I say, you’re about as funny as a barrel full of half-witted monkeys!

          • David Walker

            Good enough kid, I guess, but the boy’s got nothin’ on the ball. Ball, that is.

    • Tulle Christensen

      chicken BBQ? yea I know the spelling is different but it was the best I could come up with with such short notice

  • Do Something Nice

    This needs to be challenged in court ASAP.

    • Vista-Cruiser

      Before all of the federal courts are packed with Trump nominees.

  • Boreal
    • kaydenpat

      Dangerous. He’s pretty much describing a theocracy which DOES NOT EXIST. America is not a theocracy and our rights don’t come from a god made in Cruz’ image.

      • liondon#iamnotatraitor

        ..a smug butt ugly god

      • David Walker

        Nor PerKKKins’. I wonder how the sonuvabitch feels about Tuesday. I thought he’d have found a way to beg for bucks by now. His response time is slowing down.

      • Kurt 20008

        In fairness, our rights are legislated in the Constitution. They come from Nature or God, whichever term one prefers. Cruz is trying to create a false proposition that liberals says our rights come from government rather than are recognized by government.

        • Fred Munoz

          Government’s job is to protect our natural rights. Government doesnt grant us the rights we are born with them. Conservatives always think they know what liberals think, and always get it wrong.

      • If the Republican Party gain enough extra seats at the mid-terms to amend the US Constitution, America could well become a theocracy. Now they own all three branches of US governance and command the US Military, since SCOTUS ruled that Corporations are “people”, it is the corporations bankrolling Republicans who are now writing the laws in the US Congress.

    • Todd20036

      This needs to go to the courts, and I don’t trust SCOTUS these days

    • SkokieGuy [ChicagoAdjacentGuy]

      ACLU where are you? A government employee, paid for with my tax dollars is now going to preach his religious beliefs on work time?

      • Kurt 20008

        They are private sector employees. It is a private meat plant.

        • SkokieGuy [ChicagoAdjacentGuy]

          Yes, but unless I’m missing something, it seems like USDA employees can proselytize too?

          “USDA respects the First Amendment rights of USDA personnel, as well as non-USDA personnel working at facilities inspected by USDA, to share their varying viewpoints on these topics, whether through oral discussion, the display or distribution of literature, or other means.””

          • Kurt 20008

            You are right that it is a vaguely worded statement that is not clear on the parameters. But it would not nullify the law. A federal employee cannot represent his personal opinion as government policy nor in any way use his status as a government employee to intimidate a citizen. He may have a “water-cooler” conversation with another person but must cease any conversation the other party indicates is not welcome.

          • SkokieGuy [ChicagoAdjacentGuy]

            This appears to be a policy, not a law. Regardless of intent or sloppy language (which may well be intentional) I suspect that there will be USDA employees emboldened by Trump to use this as cover for ugly behavior.

          • Laurie Clarkston

            Yeah, but Federal Employees are NOT allowed to do this at work. A Federal Employee gives up certain rights when they work for the Gov’t. What they are doing is discrimination and it is against the law.

          • SkokieGuy [ChicagoAdjacentGuy]

            Laurie, we all agree. Most of us on this site know this. That was exactly my point – that the policy directly conflicts with pretty damn basic tenets of our Constitution. Therefore – it would be very easy for the ACLU to get this policy formally revoked.

          • Nowhereman

            I think they’re trying to push the envelope. What they’d really like to do is to get something before the Supreme Court now that Gorsuch is sitting in his stolen seat.

        • Nowhereman

          It creates a hostile workplace, for one thing. What’s next, rape jokes about women? Nooses on the lockers of non-white emploees?

    • narutomania

      “Then just what in the fuckity fuck, sir, did we all work so hard for and fight the Revolutionary War for?” . . . Thomas Jefferson

      “You, sir, are an unmitigated ass.” . . . Benjamin Franklin

      “Fuck off. Just … fuck off.” . . . George Washington

      • Nowhereman

        Thanks for the chuckle!

    • Nowhereman

      As with all things republican, that is the exact opposite of the truth.

  • Ragnar Lothbrok

    Fuck you Sonny PeeYou

  • Harveyrabbit
  • Halou

    Next they’ll be notifying us all what the downgrading and removal of LGBT rights has to do with national agricultural policies?

  • AlternativeQuacks

    WTF does this have to do with agriculture?

    • Chucktech

      Gawd maks the agraculture grow, yew homo

      • Halou

        I thought that was the gays doing it. Just a little bit of ‘light sex’ going on every so often and we get an instant storm. Great! Fresh water for the crops.

    • kaydenpat

      Nothing at all.

      • AlternativeQuacks
        • William

          Poor guy must have a terrible time trying to masturbate.

          • David Walker

            Where there’s a will, there’s a way.

          • AlternativeQuacks

            Won’t you help?

          • Dale Snyder

            If he actually did it like a horse does he would have no problem (yes, I own a stud horse).

          • CottonBlimp

            If he’s horse where it counts, I don’t think he’ll need to.

          • GanymedeRenard

            On the other hand, I’m sure he’s VERY well endowed in the part that counts.

    • Nowhereman

      They’re just using every little tent flap to try to poke another camel’s nose under.

  • June Gordon

    I need to be protected from those asses on the statues behind Sonny. Praise God, they are giving me impure thoughts.

  • Bambino

    It’s those two bloody homosekshual lions from Nairobi spreading their icky relationship to our farm isn’t it?

  • Friday’s_cat

    Sonny Perdue bone his chickens?

  • Mike C

    I’m aggravated and annoyed and pissed off, on the other hand our opposition is reduced to celebrating flyers about our marriages being posted in slaughterhouses and chicken processing plants. I mean, I guess they have to take their victories where they find them these days.

  • Bluto
    • Craig Howell

      “May the God you invented forgive you!” — St. Ayn Rand

  • alc2018

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/e872d118354a971f4790ebdeca4071c8d2aa9a8e51c9cd5fe26d6261915fe1db.gif but what does this have to do with the government and doing one’s basic job??

  • Boreal
  • AlternativeQuacks
    • Halou
      • kaydenpat

        Trump doesn’t even hire Americans. He’s gotten several waivers so he can hire immigrants to work at his hotels.

        • David Walker

          He’s good at that. Remember the bone spurs?

          • kaydenpat

            Bone spurs but supposedly an athlete at the same time. **rolls eyes**

          • David Walker

            He’s a helluva guy. Everybody says that.

          • JCF

            He’s the “Blue-Collar Billionaire”! [BOTH of those words are likely bullshit]

        • Johnny Wyeknot

          70

        • Laurie Clarkston

          several? More like 30+

    • William

      Trump talks big when surrounded by his supporters but folds like a cheap suit in the face of opposition.

  • Gene Perry

    Soon coming to a Federal Court in your area: DISCRIMATION LAWSUIT!

  • Tomcat

    Right, like this is a USDA matter at all.

  • Daveed_WOW

    See you in court.

  • Tawreos

    I am willing to bet that pro-LGBT materials will not be permitted, only anti.

  • Barry William Teske

    How long before Tony PerKKKins shows up with his pointy head henchmen to enforce religious HATE?

    Just the trailer but heres my point:

    https://youtu.be/B2jxFrYR4VU

  • Tomcat

    This is the same USDA that recently ruled we Americans have NO right to know where out food is coming from. What a crock of shit.

  • Bambino

    Tony Perkin should stop sniffing on Josh Duggar fingers. The one person who would shove his digits in any warm holes.

  • billbear1961

    The Bible says adulterers should be put to death.

    Start with Trump.

    It is the Will of GOD!!

  • BostonBud

    The USDA was the first government office to hire a person that worked on LGBT issues in the workplace. this policy will now allow hostile workplaces to LGBT federal workers.

  • TexasBoy

    They made a movie about a GOP controlled USA back in 1976…I think it was called Logan’s Run.

    The USDA addendum was called Soylent Green.

    • Tawreos

      If there was no one over the age of 30 there would be no GOP

  • Tawreos

    Has there been any polling on the effects that this kind of governmental discrimination is having on the opinions of the people regarding LGBT people and gay marriage?

    • Tawreos

      Looks like nothing that I can find since June so that was before a lot of their more fucked up things came about. I will keep looking and seeing if I can find anything newer. Spoiler Alert: Every possible category is on a positive trend to acceptance.

      http://www.pewforum.org/fact-sheet/changing-attitudes-on-gay-marriage/

    • Friday

      A lot of this seems to be under the news radar.

  • boobert

    Call the lawyers, again !

  • Buford

    I’m confused – that policy states “USDA regulations provide that “[n]o agency, officer, or employee of the USDA shall, on the grounds of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, disability, age, marital status, family/parental status, income derived from a public assistance program, political beliefs, or gender identity, exclude from participation in, deny the benefits of, or subject to discrimination any person in the United States under any program or activity conducted by the USDA.” [7 C.F.R. §15d.3].”

    So how does this policy somehow anti-LGBT discrimination again…?

    • Friday

      Plant inspections include labor conditions, I believe, for the employees as well as the inspectors: hate-literature posted in employee spaces is a hostile work environment for minorities.

      • Buford

        I get it… but if the official USDA stance is to not tolerate discrimination within the USDA, how does that reconcile with the headline suggesting that the new USDA policy allows anti-LGBT materials? If the nutshell is that this new policy simply prevents the USDA from sanctioning privately-owned companies for posting such nonsense, I’m not sure how big an issue that is. In those cases, the employees need to seek recourse thru EEOC or other avenues, right?

        • BobSF_94117

          The employees concerned in the case that resulted in this new policy are USDA inspectors who are placed inside processing plants, on the property of private companies.

        • Friday

          Labor conditions: neither the workers nor the inspectors should be subjected to hate-literature in the workplace, that’s all it is. Hostile work environment. The Republican administration just endorsed making all USDA-inspected plants hostile work environments to non-Fundies.

  • Silver Badger

    Would this allow us to express opinions about adulterous 2nd marriages in the workplace?

  • BostonBud

    this of course could have unseen consequences. These “Christians” see it as a good thing until the other religions start posting stuff calling out the “Christians”.

  • kaydenpat

    I started my federal career at the USDA and still have friends there (including one who is gay). This is a sad day for America. We should not be enacting policies to hate and discriminate against each other. I hope the ACLU can sue to get this overturned.

  • billbear1961

    Tear them down, or smear them with excrement.

  • Will Parkinson

    So now I can put anti-religious texts out too, right?

    • Tallulah

      Exactly. Bombard them with quotations from Hitchens and Dawkinis. Post them everywhere!

    • Friday

      Your Christianist boss can still fire you and call it his ‘religious freedom.’

      • Karl Dubhe

        Lovely.

        All hail Jesus’ theocracy! /s

      • Snarkaholic

        Then put out Christian Bible verses…all the ones that condemn adulterers, non-virgins, drunkards, etc….especially the ones that condemn them to death.
        Also, figure out which employee/boss commits which sin(s), and then, without mentioning anyone in particular, rant on and on about how God condemns everyone who commits that sin to hell.
        Tell the judge that your Christian beliefs demand that you do so.

        • Friday

          That’d be against my actual religion, and the Christianists never think their rules apply to themselves anyway, especially if they’re bosses.

  • Currently, the USDA policy still includes sexual orientation in the description of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Given the decision by Sessions that the Act does not cover sexual orientation, and the GCA’s removal of the language earlier this week, it’s a safe bet it will be removed from the USDA policy guidelines in the near future.

  • Friday’s_cat

    I can’t see how placing hate literature in a company break room falls under the jurisdiction of the USDA unless management or employees are harassing the inspectors.
    The thing to do would be find out the West Michigan Beef Co. USDA label number and avoid buying their products.

    • Friday

      It’s about labor conditions, as well as not religiously-harassing the inspectors themselves.

  • Kurt 20008

    Assuming Perdue is describing this correctly, I don’t think that government health and safety inspectors in a private corporation plant can regulate the written material left in the employee break room.

    • Friday

      They do have a lot to do with labor conditions in inspected plants, that includes workplace harassment of minorities, actually.

      • Kurt 20008

        Not USDA. That would be DOL or OHSA.

    • Stev84

      I know it’s a shocking concept in America, but employees have rights too

      • William

        Aren’t you cute.

    • Statistics Palin

      Then they can’t regulate when the office queer throws it away.

  • billbear1961

    “It imposes its acceptance on all society.”

    Yeah, the same way YOUR marriages are FORCED on all of society.

  • Paula

    Straight sex is the number one cause of overpopulation in the world!

    • Pip

      And disease.

    • Nowhereman

      And murder is the number one cause of death for pregnant women in the US. Murder by the father of the fetus of course.

  • Jeffrey

    Every single Bernie fanboy who is still losing it on social media about their new goddess Donna Brazile needs to take note of two things. The anti lgbt policy that is being allowed under Trump and also that she and “Sheriff” David Clarke are buddies https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/397d7518569176fe2df8778b17555a0d73b5a2797ed8b85d47f1a1dc2cc9b651.jpg

    • Lumpy Gaga

      She reaches across the aisle abyss!

      • Jeffrey

        Hopefully her fat ass falls into it.

    • alc2018

      anything for a dollar!

    • William

      I wonder if Donna has some sort of medical condition, to have such an abrupt change in personality.

      • Jeffrey

        I hate conspiracy theories, BUT: who’s to say that she changed? Maybe she was always this person. Maybe she leaked questions to Hillary’s camp, help that Hillary certainly didn’t need, in order to add yet another air of disgrace to the campaign. One thing that every policially minded person knows is that republicans will vote for whichever Republican is on the ballot. While liberals have to be wooed with perfection.

      • greenmanTN
  • liondon#iamnotatraitor

    First thing I would do is wear my “Satan is my Lord and Savior” t-shirt everyday.

    • Todd20036

      And I’d wear the sluttiest outfit I could get away with at work.
      Ok, I kind of do that already, but I would cross a line or two

      • liondon#iamnotatraitor

        My otc black socks would give you a run for your money.

    • Friday

      Nothing in this protects employees of non-Christian-Right beliefs.

  • billbear1961

    Personal gratification?

    What is the spread of your willful HATRED but the most selfish kind of personal gratification, you self-righteous SCUM??

    OUR marriages are about “personal gratification,” but YOURS are about AFFECTION and STABILITY?!

    Yes, we see all the “affection” and “stability” in Kim Davis’s MANY “marriages”!!

  • alc2018

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/44d9273f3592fe2c0655043cd0880ad1b337326412f073c7f082cfaf37bae85e.jpg will someone please tell Sonny to come back and get in uniform I’m done holding this chicken -its’s his shift now!

  • dbishop75

    thank Vishnu I don’t eat meat

    • Friday

      With this Christianist involved, it’s getting a lot more dangerous to.

  • Friday

    That literature/policy is the *opposite* of religious freedom. It’s endorsing a particular religious belief against others and actively encouraging religious-based harassment of minorities.

  • Wynter Marie Starr

    Anyone hands me an anti LGBT pamphlet better have salt in their wallet to eat it with.

    • Statistics Palin

      When I was a patient at M D Anderson, someone left American Family Association propaganda in the waiting room for the Nuclear Medicine Department. I took one look at it, picked it up, and pitched it in the trash.

      • David Walker

        Remember phone booths? Out here in the sticks, one could count on finding Jesus Yellers’ pamphlets on the ledge. I always scooped them up and deposited them in the nearest trash can. And, like you, if I find them anywhere, I put them in the recycle bin, if the place has one, or in the general population trash. I’d spit on them, but that’s just gross.

        • edrex

          last year in downtown rio de janeiro i passed a phone kiosk that was plastered with photos of “chicks with dicks.” i appreciated the sentiment, but i was also glad that i didn’t need to make a call.

      • greenmanTN

        I was treated there too! No pamphlets though.

      • Wynter Marie Starr

        I would have thrown all out. No children need to see such garbage.

  • Intended end result of all this: Employers have free speech rights and may impose their personal, political, and religious views on their employees. Employees have no such rights and may not even object.

    • Stev84

      In many ways that’s always been how the American idea of “freedom” worked. Justified by the absurd belief that employees can simply go elsewhere and the inability to see an unequal relationship

    • David Walker

      It’s just another version of “Married on Saturday, Fired on Monday.” Some states have better equal protection laws, but for many of us, this is what we get. My question is, does this supersede those states’ equality laws?

      • John30013

        This is policy–not LAW–from a federal agency. It cannot supersede federal equality or free speech laws. It’s unclear whether it can supersede state level laws, especially those that implicate a civil right.

        As usual there is tension here between multiple civil rights. However, there’s no right to “not be offended”. OTOH, I think a “hostile work environment” argument could be made if an employee experiences discrimination or harassment based on such “speech”.

        • Nowhereman

          I definitely see this going to court.

  • Statistics Palin

    Sonny, your daughter called.

    https://youtu.be/HHOFmHMTN5k

  • William
  • The Milkman

    They have absolutely no idea that this sword cuts both ways.

    • Friday

      They contrive things so it doesn’t. It’s the opposite of ‘religious freedom.’

  • Pizza009

    Satanists awake

  • Gigi

    So they get special rights but we don’t get any rights. Sounds fair, if you’re a Talibangelist.

    • William

      Rethuglicans call it ‘Right to work’.

  • MBear

    Oh murrikkka – so not free – so not brave

  • Kevin Curtis

    If only we had burned all these goddamned motherfucking christians at the stake BACK THEN we were thinking “straight”.

  • Ninja0980

    LGBT Republicans can go fuck themselves.

    • Jean-Marc in Canada

      Actually, I would prefer the exercise their 2nd A right on themselves….honestly, I’m done with them, same goes for the far left Bernie bots

  • Rebecca Gardner

    Nothing like a hostile work environment to make the work day brighter.
    Fuck these motherfuckers. If I was a USDA employee I’d sue.

  • Highmoremotel

    Looks like it ‘s time for some satan materials. Throw some Islam stuff in there, too.

    ” “First Amendment and Religious Belief” So sayeth the USDA.

  • Gene Perry

    So, does that also mean that employees can distribute pro-LGBT materials … hey, First Amendment, freedom of speech/religion.

  • edrex

    what the fuck does an opinion re: same sex marriage (aka “marriage”) have to do with the duties of a usda employee? why is this shit posted at all?

  • -M-
  • Todd

    Since I can’t add anything substantive to what’s already been said here I’ll simply say, look at the butts on the two guys on the plaque behind Perdue. Dang.

    • Gianni

      Obviously, a designer with taste.

  • Laurie Clarkston

    THIS is against the law. This is a Federal Agency and this is discrimination. You think they would check with their legal team before doing this.

  • Pip

    So folks need to post pagan, atheist, free thought, and various other letters around the same areas.

    • Ann Kah

      Do “folks” have any rights here? Or is it just those “people” who are actually corporations?

      • Pip

        Good point.

  • JCF

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/4cb5cb5f666da7e8614bfe9271d1cbbc6a2c902954b5bb66a83e47d515f38366.jpg

    “guidance resolves threats [“threats”, please] made by USDA inspectors against the Vander Boon family who owns a Michigan meat packing facility”

    Seriously: in Michigan, there could have been just enough “But Her Emails!” queers (voting Drumpf, voting 3rd party, not voting) to have made a (if not THE) difference. Thanks, kapos! /s

  • Nowhereman

    If someone had done that at my jobs, I’d do my best to make them be taken down. Is it OK now for them to post nazi literature and sexist crap? This needs to go to court.

    • Ann Kah

      I think removing nasty messages from the bulletin board should be a protected form of free speech.

  • Gianni

    Religious Freedom – stretching the point to cover any insult one can think to make against others in the name of God, being allowed on a job site, no less. Religion is the worst punishment man ever devised to attack and control his fellow humans.

  • Al Prazolam

    Of all government departments, the USDA is about the last I ever conceived of that would even bring up LGBT issues. It shows that the Trump administration is a foul enterprise, and the sooner it comes to an end the better.

  • Ann Kah

    Why don’t they just simplify it all by declaring “Religions are allowed to be public assholes. By “religions”, we mean Christians only.”

  • James M. Kirwan

    When did “gay” and “straight” become synonymous with “Devil” and “Jesus”? Out of all social demonstrations and interactions, kindness, generosity, patriotism, you name it, all is negated because of dick action in the privacy of one’s own home, behind closed doors. LEGAL activity, I might add. The obsession these people have with my private relationships and my dick knows no bounds at all. It’s like every time I meet one of these people, the first thing on their mind is the question of whether or not I’m regularly seeking out vagina. Not if I’d help them in a crisis, not if I’d give them back a wad of cash they dropped on the ground, not if I’d save a senator from getting shot, but what I look at when I masturbate. Their need to feel superior to someone, ANYONE, is a sickness.