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Whose Religious Liberties Are Going to Be Protected by This Task Force, Beauregard?

Attorney Gen. Sessions And Deputy Attn. Gen. Rosenstein Speak On Religious Freedom At Justice Dept. Religious Liberty Summit

Today Attorney General Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III, who remains the most efficient at implementing Trump’s evil policies, decided to tip us further into The Handmaid’s Tale territory by creating a “religious liberty task force” that will operate as part of the Department of Justice.

Let me just go out on a limb here that this religious task force will be primarily making sure that women can’t get birth control and that LGBTQIA+ people can be persecuted as long as you really and truly believe that they are meant to burn in hell. Just a guess.

“We’ve seen nuns ordered to buy contraceptives. We’ve seen U.S. senators ask judicial and executive branch nominees about dogma—even though the Constitution explicitly forbids a religious test for public office. We’ve all seen the ordeal faced so bravely by Jack Phillips,” Sessions said. “In short, we have not only the freedom to worship—but the right to exercise our faith. The Constitution’s protections don’t end at the parish parking lot nor can our freedoms be confined to our basements […] Religious Americans are no longer an afterthought.”

First of all, “confined to [your] basement”? Is your basement the Republican party? Listen, I know it must be shocking that now a whole 17% of Americans don’t have a religious affiliation, according to the Pew Research Center, but the largest religious group in this country are Christians with Evangelicals at the top. You are not a religious minority. At least not in this country.

Religious liberty should not mean putting your religious values above the needs of others or not helping people who are in need. Does the “love thy neighbour” section of the Bible just not appeal to you Beauregard?

What about those of us who are not Christian, not religious, not monotheistic?

And no one else seems to be fooled by the idea that this “task force” will be an inclusive place.

Protecting religious liberty is important, but consider that this same administration that tried to have a Muslim travel ban, and seems allergic to all other Christian tenants like charity, caring for the sick and poor, protecting families, and of course compassion. Also, the Pope doesn’t even like y’all.

(via The Hill, image: Win McNamee/Getty Images)

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