Tag Archives: religious liberty

Mike Pompeo To Host Religious Freedom “Ministerial”

“There are many countries in which religious freedom is not available. And we believe that by gathering citizens from around the world – we’ll have over 80 delegations from different countries, 40 plus of my counterparts at the foreign minister level will be in attendance, and religious leaders like yourself – all brought together to highlight the central nature of ...

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BREAKING: Supreme Court Rejects Lambda Legal’s Appeal Of Mississippi Law Legalizing Anti-LGBT Discrimination By Businesses And Government Workers

Bloomberg reports: The U.S. Supreme Court left intact a Mississippi law that lets businesses and government workers refuse on religious grounds to provide services to gay and transgender people. The justices turned away two appeals by state residents and organizations that contended the measure violates the Constitution. A federal appeals court said the opponents hadn’t suffered any injury that would ...

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ACLU Sues Four Federal Agencies For Plans On How They’ll Implement Trump’s “Religious Liberty” Order

Via press release from the ACLU: The American Civil Liberties Union today filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit against four federal agencies demanding documents from the Trump administration that provide clarity on how the administration plans to implement its ‘religious freedom’ executive order. The ACLU initially filed records requests with the Departments of Health and Human Services, Labor, ...

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Trump Speaks To Right Wing Christian Group: Religious Liberty Is “Under Siege” But God Will Prevail [VIDEO]

The New York Daily News reports: As his former FBI Director accused him of lying during riveting testimony delivered just miles away, President Trump on Thursday uncharacteristically ignored James Comey and the growing Russia probe, using a speech to a faith group at a Washington hotel to quote the Bible and pledge loyalty to the “fight for religious freedom.” Trump ...

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SCOTUS Rejects Military “Religious Freedom” Case

Military.com reports: The Supreme Court on Monday rejected an appeal from a former Marine who was court-martialed in part for expressing her Christian faith in the workplace. Lower courts had concluded orders from her military superiors did not constitute a “substantial burden” on her First Amendment rights. The justices on Monday upheld her court-martial without comment. At issue was the ...

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The ACLU Mocks Trump’s “Fake News” Religious Order As An “Elaborate Photo-Op” Not Worth Suing Over

BOOM. Via press release from the ACLU: Today’s executive order signing was an elaborate photo-op with no discernible policy outcome. After careful review of the order’s text we have determined that the order does not meaningfully alter the ability of religious institutions or individuals to intervene in the political process. The order portends but does not yet do harm to ...

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LIVE VIDEO: Trump Signs Religious Liberty Executive Order Reportedly Without Feared Anti-LGBT Provisions

But we still don’t know for sure. Dominic Holden reports at Buzzfeed: Many had expected — on the left and right — that the order would offer protections for people and corporations with a religious objection to LGBT people, far more hot button issues. The White House official said there were not plans for a separate order that addressed LGBT ...

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BREAKING: Trump To Legalize Anti-LGBT Discrimination With Thursday Order, Religious Leaders Invited

Politico reports: President Donald Trump has invited conservative leaders to the White House on Thursday for what they expect will be the ceremonial signing of a long-awaited—and highly controversial—executive order on religious liberty, according to multiple people familiar with the situation. Two senior administration officials confirmed the plan, though one cautioned that it hasn’t yet been finalized, and noted that ...

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LIVE VIDEO: Hate Groups And Religious Leaders Jointly Call On Trump To Legalize Anti-LGBT Discrimination

Via press release from hate group leader Tony Perkins: Almost four months into President Trump’s term, we’ve made progress on so many key issues. Now, it’s time for the administration to make its leadership felt on the country’s First Freedom. Featuring First Liberty Institute’s Mike Berry, Dr. Everett Piper of Oklahoma Wesleyan University, Archbishop William Lori, West Modder (U.S. Navy), ...

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51 House Republicans Send Trump Letter Demanding Nationwide Legalization Of Anti-LGBT Discrimination

USA Today reports: Dozens of Republican lawmakers are asking President Trump to scale back Obama-era protections for gays and lesbians in order to make good on a campaign promise to protect religious liberty. In early February, Trump was reportedly considering an executive order that would reverse former president Barack Obama’s orders prohibiting discrimination against gays and lesbians in the federal ...

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WEDNESDAY: SCOTUS To Hear Church/State Separation Case With Justice Neil Gorsuch Now On The Bench

The Associated Press reports: It took less than 15 minutes for newly minted Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch to ask his first questions from the bench. Gorsuch and his colleagues were hearing arguments Monday for the first time since President Donald Trump’s pick was sworn in April 10. The case before the justices involved a procedural issue in a federal ...

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Eighteen Senate Republicans Send Letter To Trump Demanding That He Legalize Anti-LGBT Discrimination

The news come from the Family Research Council, who doubtlessly wrote the motherfucking letter themselves. Via press release: The bandwagon to protect religious liberty just got 18 more riders! Senate Republicans are joining a growing movement of conservatives who think it’s time the White House waded into the debate and issued an executive order protecting our First Freedom. In a ...

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Former GOP Sen. Alan Simpson Pens NYT Op-Ed Urging Trump Against Anti-LGBT “Religious Liberty” Order

The New York Times today published an op-ed by former GOP Sen. Alan Simpson which urges Trump to ignore the demands of anti-LGBT groups that he issue a “religious liberty” executive order which would legalize anti-LGBT discrimination nationwide. It begins: During Donald Trump’s campaign, he repeatedly cast himself as a supporter of L.G.B.T. rights. As president, however, he is being ...

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NOM Issues “Critically Important Video” Urging Pressure On Trump To Legalize Anti-LGBT Discrimination

Via email from hate group leader Brian Brown: NOM has produced a critically important video on religious liberty that I am asking you to watch and share widely with your friends, family and contacts. As you may know, President Trump is considering an urgently-needed Executive Order to protect people of faith from discrimination and retribution by the government because of ...

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ACLU Demands That Four Federal Agencies Release Documents On Anti-LGBT “Religious Liberty” Order

Via press release: The American Civil Liberties Union has today demanded documents from four federal agencies concerning a potential executive order that would sanction religiously motivated discrimination against LGBT people, members of minority faiths, women, and people seeking reproductive health care. “The American people deserve to know whether this administration plans to protect the rights of all Americans or whether ...

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Secretive Hate Group Coalition Writes Letter To Trump Demanding That He Legalize Anti-LGBT Discrimination

Peter Montgomery reports at Right Wing Watch: More than 150 members of the secretive right-wing network known as the Council for National Policy have signed a letter calling on President Trump to sign an executive order “protecting the practical exercise of religious freedom,” something Religious Right leaders have been clamoring for since Trump took office. On Wednesday, Fox News pundit ...

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Tony Perkins: It’s “Fake News” To Claim Religious Liberty Executive Orders Would Legalize Discrimination

Via press release from hate group leader Tony Perkins: The Left’s cabal is in an uproar over word of new religious liberty protections potentially coming from the White House. What they consistently refuse to recognize, however is just how much of this fundamental first freedom we need to restore in the wake of the Obama regime. The hysteria stems from ...

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Spicer On Anti-LGBT Order: “Ideas Are Being Floated” But The Pendulum Is Swinging To “Religious Liberty”

Keen News Service reports: Asked whether the draft in circulation is one being considered by President Trump, Press Secretary Sean Spicer said at a White House briefing Thursday, “Right now, there are no executive orders we are able to read out.” He added, however, that there are a “lot of ideas being floated out,” and “input and ideas” being provided ...

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Tony Perkins: I’m Optimistic Trump Will Issue Executive Order Legalizing Anti-LGBT Discrimination [VIDEO]

Hate group leader Tony Perkins appeared on Fox News this morning to discuss Trump’s National Prayer Breakfast vow to undo the Johnson Amendment, which bans tax-exempt religious organizations from endorsing political candidates. The host then turned the conversation to last night’s leak of a sweeping draft executive order that would legalize anti-LGBT discrimination. As he routinely does, Perkins dismissed the ...

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BREAKING: Leaked Draft Executive Order Reveals “Sweeping Plan” To Legalize Anti-LGBT Discrimination

The Nation reports: A leaked copy of a draft executive order titled “Establishing a Government-Wide Initiative to Respect Religious Freedom,” obtained by The Investigative Fund and The Nation, reveals sweeping plans by the Trump administration to legalize discrimination. The four-page draft order, a copy of which is currently circulating among federal staff and advocacy organizations, construes religious organizations so broadly ...

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