Later in the document, Section 4 of that executive order provides, "In order to guide all agencies in complying with relevant Federal law, the Attorney General shall, as appropriate, issue guidance interpreting religious liberty protections in Federal law".
Based on the Session memo earlier Friday the Trump administration issued a sweeping rollback of the ObamaCare contraception mandate, that requires almost all employers to ensure health insurance plans provide contraception at no out-of-pocket cost to employees or those on their plans. Since that convening he has done nothing to activate the Civil Rights Division or protect vulnerable populations including the LGBTQ community.
Government may not officially favor or disfavor particular religious groups.
Understand, the Justice Department under Sessions is already reversing numerous positions it held under President Barack Obama. In other words, if you don't like gay people or even have a problem with unmarried moms, you have reason to fire them, because what is separation of church and state under Trump?
One of the most troubling aspects of the guidance is its broad reading of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA).
Prominent U.S. bishops praised the HHS announcement on Friday as a "return to common sense". The U.S. Supreme Court will likely have to resolve the issue in the future, but may issue some relevant guidance this term in the Gloucester County School Board v. G.G. case (involving issues of a school district's obligations to a transgender student).
Camilla Taylor, senior legal counsel at Lambda Legal, describes the guidance as an "effort to pressure agencies into valuing religious liberties over protections from discrimination". The cases are now still at the federal circuit court level. We expect the courts will continue to recognize this truth, and disregard this hateful decision.
The despicable new guidelines will allow taxpayer funded federal agencies, government employees, and government contractors to legally discriminate against anyone as long as they cite a honest religious belief as a justification for doing so.
Government may not restrict acts or abstentions because of the beliefs they display.
He has spoken repeatedly about the dangers of the MS-13 gang, which has ties to Central America, and pressured cities to give up "sanctuary" policies that protect immigrants in the USA illegally, threatening to cancel federal law enforcement grants unless they start to cooperate with immigration authorities.
Christian Pulisic is not screwing around
If the U.S. lost to Trinidad & Tobago, it would still have a shot at finishing third ahead of Panama and Honduras . He had a goal and an assist playing through the middle of the pitch, dictating play all night in Orlando.
The memo stems from an executive order signed by President Trump meant to make it easier for churches to get into politics while remaining tax exempt.
"Religious liberty is not merely a right to personal religious beliefs or even to worship in a sacred place", Sessions wrote. "It also encompasses religious observance and practice".
A recommitment to Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) will be the "centerpiece of our crime reduction strategy", Attorney General Jeff Sessions said in a press release announcing the administration's new move.
This would apply to ongoing court cases, including the DOJ's position on the current religious freedom case before the Supreme Court of Masterpiece Cakeshop.
Many other states have passed similar religious freedom bills.
Under the new policy, a claim of violation of religious freedom would be enough to override concerns about civil rights for LGBTI people. "I would never use my faith to justify harm and discrimination to others like this country does to me".
The religious exemption for those individuals and companies that don't want to have anything to do with gay marriage is more complicated. "It's up to our bishops to decide a university is sufficiently Catholic or not, not our federal government", he said. If an employee transitions at work, or if the employer is aware of that person's birth-assigned sex (such as by having a birth certificate that the transgender person has not been able to correct), then the transgender person could be viewed as not comporting to traditional gender norms.
"There has been a nationwide injunction against that rule, and the federal government has indicated that it plans to reconsider the rule", Baylor noted.
Also included in the guidance is a section asserting religious organization acting on their beliefs shouldn't be penalized in competition for federal contracts.