Sessions Announces Religious Liberty Task Force to Protect the Christian Right to Discriminate

Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced a Religious Liberty Task Force Monday to make certain religious groups (i.e. Christians) maintain protections when their beliefs run in conflict with government regulations. The Washington Times writes:


“A dangerous movement, undetected by many, but real, is now challenging and eroding a great tradition of religious freedom,” Mr. Sessions said announcing the task force. “There can be no doubt it’s no little matter. It must be confronted intellectually and politically and defeated.”

Christians are under attack, folks, such as when they are required to sign an opt-out waiver for covering contraception for women so ensurers can cover it themselves. That's just a bridge too far. Under the Trump administration, the department has reportedly settled 24 cases involving 90 plaintiffs who said the Obama administration's contraception mandate trampled on their religious freedoms. In other words,  providing comprehensive health coverage to women was too objectionable.

The other community that is sure to find itself in the crosshairs of Sessions's Christians-conquer-all crusade are LGBTQ Americans as conflicts continue to arise between the Christian right to discriminate and states with nondiscrimination protections.

Sessions is likely just laying the groundwork for all the damage he can do to women and LGBTQ Americans in the event Republicans are able to confirm Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.

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