Sessions Memo Expands On Religious Liberty Exemptions

Sessions Memo Expands On Religious Liberty Exemptions

Attorney General Jeff Sessions issues new guidelines allowing taxpayer funded discrimination against gays and others in the name of "religious freedom".

Today, he issues a sweeping memo that instructs agencies to do as much as possible to protect the religious liberty of individuals and employers-civil rights for gay people be damned. It certainly outlines a broader interpretation of the limits of religious freedom than that which the Obama administration might have espoused-it spends far more time detailing one's free exercise rights than it does on the prohibitions against the establishment of religion, for example. And the funeral home now arguing in federal court that it has a right to fire an employee because she's transgender could have a free pass to discriminate because of its religious beliefs. Sessions said the civil rights law does not mention questions of gender identity, so the legal protections don't apply.

However, portions of the memo seem to set things up for people to use religious freedom as a basis for LGBTI discrimination.

The free exercise of religion includes the right to act or abstain from action in accordance with one's religious beliefs.

The memo asserts the 1993 Religious Freedom Restoration Act applies not just to people, but organizations and some for-profit companies.

The guidance says the government can not unduly burden people or certain businesses from practicing their faith, noting, "The free exercise of religion includes the right to act or abstain from action in accordance with one's religious beliefs".

The attorney general will also issue a memorandum to all divisions and offices within the U.S. Department of Justice on how to implement and enforce these religious-liberty protections.

"We can not afford to be complacent in the face of violence that threatens too many of our communities", Sessions wrote in the memo, lamenting recently released federal data showing violent crime rose in 2016 for the second straight year. A nonprofit group with a federal contract could refuse to provide services to LGBT people, even in emergencies, and would not be in danger of losing its contract.

The freedom of religion extends to persons and organizations.

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"It opens the door for discrimination in the workplace and public services, flying in the face of the majority of Americans of whom over 70 percent believe laws should protect LGBTQ people from discrimination", Isaacs said. 'This is a freedom that has been a fundamental part of our society since the beginning of our nation'.

President Trump signed Executive Order 13798 on May 4 to declare the policy of the United States government regarding religious liberty under the U.S. Constitution and federal law, the first such order in American history.

It makes clear the Trump administration across all executive branch agencies and departments will ensure the rights of people of faith supersede the rights of LGBT people.

Sessions also clarifies religious protections under Title VII in federal law governing employers, regarding (#16) not discriminating against employees on the basis of religion, including (#17) religious observance and practice.

Also today, the Trump administration issued two new federal rules gutting the Affordable Care Act's mandate for employer-provided insurance plans to include coverage for contraceptives at no cost to the employee. Both actions were the result of Trump's executive order in May.

Carey added, "Don't be fooled; this guidance isn't meant to protect people of faith".

The Trump administration has issued a directive giving the go-ahead for religious businesses to discriminate against LGBT people.

The new DOJ memo comes amid a flurry of policy moves by the Trump administration this week that will disproportionately affect women and the LGBTQ community, including a rollback of the federal birth control mandate and a reversal of government policy that protected transgender workers from discrimination. "With these changes, I believe that this program will be more effective than ever and help us fulfill our mission to make America safer".

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