Donald Trump, who said at the Republican National Convention that he would do everything in his power “to protect our LGBTQ citizens from the violence and oppression of a hateful foreign ideology,” will apparently do everything in his power to oppress LGBT people using hateful domestic ideology.
According to a leaked draft of an upcoming Executive Order published by The Nation last night, Trump would allow Christians to discriminate against LGBT people in damn near every facet of society:
The four-page draft order, a copy of which is currently circulating among federal staff and advocacy organizations, construes religious organizations so broadly that it covers “any organization, including closely held for-profit corporations,” and protects “religious freedom” in every walk of life: “when providing social services, education, or healthcare; earning a living, seeking a job, or employing others; receiving government grants or contracts; or otherwise participating in the marketplace, the public square, or interfacing with Federal, State or local governments.”
Simply put, Christians in positions of power, whether in public or private life, would have the ability to discriminate against LGBT people under the guise of “religious freedom” (because “I’m a righteous bigot” didn’t sound as nice).
This is Mike Pence‘s wet dream. It’s everything he wanted in Indiana until the backlash grew so large, he had to pull it back.
This Executive Order would allow the Kim Davises of the country — public servants who refuse to obey the law — the freedom to decide which rules they want to follow, with their Christianity being a “Get Out of Jail Free” card.
There’s also a good chance that this is so far-reaching that it would violate the Constitution (that Trump obviously never got around to reading).
… It also, by extending some of its protections to one particular set of religious beliefs, would risk violating the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment to the Constitution.
The exemptions, [Georgetown University Law Center professor Marty] Lederman said, could themselves violate federal law or license individuals and private parties to violate federal law. “Moreover,” he added, “the exemptions would raise serious First Amendment questions, as well, because they would go far beyond what the Supreme Court has identified as the limits of permissive religious accommodations.” It would be “astonishing,” he said, “if the Office of Legal Counsel certifies the legality of this blunderbuss order.”
As we’ve already learned, though, just because something is against the law doesn’t mean this administration won’t do it. Rules only apply when Democrats are in charge. The Trump-led Republican Party doesn’t give a damn when they have the power.
The Executive Order hasn’t been officially announced yet, but given how the first weeks of the Trump presidency have gone, is there any doubt that this will soon be a reality until the courts step in?
When it happens, go ahead and blame the Republicans because they deserve it. But don’t forget to also blame the third party candidates who said Hillary Clinton was equally as awful. Don’t forget to blame the liberals who didn’t vote because they weren’t super-enthusiastic about her. Don’t forget to blame the Log Cabin Republicans who insisted that Trump was different from typical anti-gay conservatives:
Mr. Trump is perhaps the most pro-LGBT presidential nominee in the history of the Republican Party. His unprecedented overtures to the “LGBTQ community” — a first for any major-party candidate in our nation’s history — are worthy of praise, and should serve as a clarion call to the GOP that the days of needing to toe an anti-LGBT line are now a thing of the past.
How gullible can these people be? The GOP doesn’t care about them. Conservative Christians sure as hell don’t care about them.
I suppose the one silver lining to this Executive Order, if Trump were to sign it, would be that faith-based discrimination would suddenly be everywhere. Christian-owned businesses that refused to do business with LGBT customers would be boycotted and publicized. People could finally see just how pernicious religious is.
I would much rather they simply do the right thing and obey the law, but we’ve seen time and time again that when conservative Christians are given the opportunity to be bigots, they take it.
And Donald Trump, the President without a heart, seems poised to give them that chance.
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