House Committee Votes to Gut Pres. Obama's LGBT Nondiscrimination Orders

  • metta

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    Apr 28, 2016 9:52 PM GMT
    House Committee Votes to Gut Pres. Obama's LGBT Nondiscrimination Orders


    http://www.thenewcivilrightsmovement.com/davidbadash/breaking_house_armed_services_committee_votes_to_void_part_of_pres_obama_s_nondiscrimination_order
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    Apr 28, 2016 10:09 PM GMT

    Hmmm, interesting development icon_twisted.gif

    I know 'who' is behind this and 'where' this is coming from but I cant say just yet icon_twisted.gif
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    Apr 28, 2016 11:24 PM GMT

    Clue: follow the money, second clue: Texas

    April 27, 2016

    Mac Thornberry
    Chairman
    House Committee on Armed Services
    2208 Rayburn House Office Building
    Washington, DC 20515

    Adam Smith
    Ranking Member
    House Committee on Armed Services
    2264 Rayburn House Office Building
    Washington, DC 20515

    Re: CARD Opposes Taxpayer-Funded Employment Discrimination Authorized by the Russell Amendment

    Dear Chairman Thornberry and Ranking Member Smith:

    The 42 undersigned religious, education, civil rights, labor, and women’s organizations write to voice our strong opposition to the sweeping Russell Amendment to HR 4909, the National Defense Authorization Act for FY 2017.

    This amendment would authorize taxpayer-funded discrimination in each and every federal contract and grant. The government should never fund discrimination and no taxpayer should be disqualified from a job under a federal contract or grant because he or she is the “wrong” religion.

    We appreciate the important role religiously affiliated institutions historically have played in addressing many of our nation’s most pressing social needs, as a complement to government-funded programs. Indeed, many of us are directly involved in this work. We also recognize that the separation of church and state is the linchpin of religious freedom. In our view, effective government collaboration with faith-based groups does not require the sanctioning of federally funded religious discrimination.

    Because it is inconsistent with the longstanding principle that federal dollars must not be used to discriminate, we urge you to vote NO on the Russell Amendment.

    If you would like further information, please contact Maggie Garrett, (202) 466-3234 x. 226 or garrett@au.org.

    Sincerely,

    American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC)
    American Association of University Women (AAUW)
    American Atheists
    American Civil Liberties Union
    American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME)
    American Humanist Association
    American Jewish Committee (AJC)
    Americans for Religious Liberty
    Americans United for Separation of Church and State
    Anti-Defamation League
    Asian Americans Advancing Justice – AAJC
    Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty
    Bend the Arc Jewish Action
    Catholics for Choice
    Center for Inquiry
    Council for Secular Humanism
    Disciples Justice Action Network
    Equal Partners in Faith
    Human Rights Campaign
    Institute for Science and Human Values
    Interfaith Alliance
    Japanese American Citizens League
    Jewish Council for Public Affairs
    Lambda Legal
    The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights
    Muslim Advocates
    NAACP
    National Center for Lesbian Rights
    National Center for Transgender Equality
    National Council of Churches, USA
    National Council of Jewish Women
    National Education Association
    National Organization for Women
    National Women’s Law Center
    People For the American Way
    The Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice
    Secular Coalition for America
    The Sikh Coalition
    Texas Freedom Network
    Union for Reform Judaism
    United Church of Christ, Justice and Witness Ministries
    United Methodist Church – General Board of Church and Society
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    Apr 29, 2016 12:54 AM GMT

    Library of Congress

    DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE
    http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/D?i114:5:./temp/~i114p3QCgI::

    Bills and resolutions

    Appropriations: authorizing for military activities, prescribing personnel strengths, and military construction (see S. 2814), S2197 [19AP] (see H.R. 4909 ), H1634 [12AP]


    Boy, when congress wants to 'hide something' in a bill, they really hide it. I could not find anything 'religious' indicated icon_confused.gif


    H.R.4909
    http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/z?c114:H.R.+4909:

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    Apr 29, 2016 1:10 AM GMT

    You mean the largest defense contractor, Lockheed Martin, could pull a 'Hobby Lobby' and declare itself a 'religious corporation'? icon_eek.gif



    GOP, Dems clash over LGBT rights in defense bill amendment
    http://thehill.com/policy/defense/278015-gop-dems-clash-over-lgbt-rights-in-defense-bill-amendment

    “The way this amendment is written, it doesn’t matter if you’re a religious organization,” said Rep. Adam Smith (D-Wash.), ranking member of the committee. “Basically, you could be a private contractor, and this basically gives you the right to discriminate if you just decide that you don’t want to do business with gay people or anybody else for that matter within a protected class."

  • roadbikeRob

    Posts: 14372

    May 01, 2016 8:21 PM GMT
    ELNathB said
    Clue: follow the money, second clue: Texas

    April 27, 2016

    Mac Thornberry
    Chairman
    House Committee on Armed Services
    2208 Rayburn House Office Building
    Washington, DC 20515

    Adam Smith
    Ranking Member
    House Committee on Armed Services
    2264 Rayburn House Office Building
    Washington, DC 20515

    Re: CARD Opposes Taxpayer-Funded Employment Discrimination Authorized by the Russell Amendment

    Dear Chairman Thornberry and Ranking Member Smith:

    The 42 undersigned religious, education, civil rights, labor, and women’s organizations write to voice our strong opposition to the sweeping Russell Amendment to HR 4909, the National Defense Authorization Act for FY 2017.

    This amendment would authorize taxpayer-funded discrimination in each and every federal contract and grant. The government should never fund discrimination and no taxpayer should be disqualified from a job under a federal contract or grant because he or she is the “wrong” religion.

    We appreciate the important role religiously affiliated institutions historically have played in addressing many of our nation’s most pressing social needs, as a complement to government-funded programs. Indeed, many of us are directly involved in this work. We also recognize that the separation of church and state is the linchpin of religious freedom. In our view, effective government collaboration with faith-based groups does not require the sanctioning of federally funded religious discrimination.

    Because it is inconsistent with the longstanding principle that federal dollars must not be used to discriminate, we urge you to vote NO on the Russell Amendment.

    If you would like further information, please contact Maggie Garrett, (202) 466-3234 x. 226 or garrett@au.org.

    Sincerely,

    American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC)
    American Association of University Women (AAUW)
    American Atheists
    American Civil Liberties Union
    American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME)
    American Humanist Association
    American Jewish Committee (AJC)
    Americans for Religious Liberty
    Americans United for Separation of Church and State
    Anti-Defamation League
    Asian Americans Advancing Justice – AAJC
    Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty
    Bend the Arc Jewish Action
    Catholics for Choice
    Center for Inquiry
    Council for Secular Humanism
    Disciples Justice Action Network
    Equal Partners in Faith
    Human Rights Campaign
    Institute for Science and Human Values
    Interfaith Alliance
    Japanese American Citizens League
    Jewish Council for Public Affairs
    Lambda Legal
    The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights
    Muslim Advocates
    NAACP
    National Center for Lesbian Rights
    National Center for Transgender Equality
    National Council of Churches, USA
    National Council of Jewish Women
    National Education Association
    National Organization for Women
    National Women’s Law Center
    People For the American Way
    The Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice
    Secular Coalition for America
    The Sikh Coalition
    Texas Freedom Network
    Union for Reform Judaism
    United Church of Christ, Justice and Witness Ministries
    United Methodist Church – General Board of Church and Society
    Those narrow minded bible thumping screwballs from the lone star shithole known as Texas are at it again with their disgusting anti-GLB tacticsicon_mad.gif
  • tazzari

    Posts: 2937

    May 01, 2016 9:29 PM GMT
    The same House that voted, what, 65 times to overthrow Obamacare...