Trump proclaims January 16 as Religious Freedom Day- Swipe At LGBTQ Community

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    Jan 17, 2018 3:28 AM GMT
    This May 2017 order will have to be rescinded when dems take over the executive branch




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    https://www.whitehouse.gov/presidential-actions/president-donald-j-trump-proclaims-january-16-2018-religious-freedom-day/


    NOW, THEREFORE, I, Donald J. Trump, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim January 16, 2018, as Religious Freedom Day.

    I call on all Americans to commemorate this day with events and activities that remind us of our shared heritage of religious liberty and teach us to secure this blessing both at home and abroad.

    IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this sixteenth day of January, in the year of our Lord two thousand eighteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and forty-second.


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    Jan 17, 2018 3:35 AM GMT
    While the shithouse shithole shitstorm continues, the right wing nut job slip this in under the radar icon_twisted.gif

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    Trump Takes Swipe At LGBTQ Community In ‘Religious Freedom Day’ Proclamation
    https://intomore.com/culture/Trump-Takes-Swipe-At-LGBTQ-Community-In-Religious-Freedom-Day-Proclamation/309baf29a26e4081



    President Donald Trump has taken a direct jab at LGBTQ people in a Tuesday proclamation announcing the creation of “Religious Freedom Day.”

    The commemoration is intended to mark the 232nd anniversary of the Virginia Statute of Religious Freedom, a 1786 ordinance which helped inspire the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Trump claims in a presidential decree that a federal observance will henceforth be held on Jan. 16 to pay tribute to “the inherent values of faith, honesty, integrity, and patriotism.”

    But the POTUS says certain communities have failed to appreciate these principles.

    “Unfortunately, not all have recognized the importance of religious freedom, whether by threatening tax consequences for particular forms of religious speech, or forcing people to comply with laws that violate their core religious beliefs without sufficient justification,” Trump alleges in a public statement. “These incursions, little by little, can destroy the fundamental freedom underlying our democracy.”

    “No American—whether a nun, nurse, baker, or business owner—should be forced to choose between the tenets of faith or adherence to the law,” he adds.

    Although the president doesn’t single out the LGBTQ community specifically, the reference to a “baker” being compelled to violate his religious beliefs is telling. The Department of Justice (DOJ) has defended the right of a Colorado cakeshop owner, Jack Phillips, to refuse services for gay wedding ceremonies.

    “Forcing Phillips to create expression for and participate in a ceremony that violates his sincerely held religious beliefs invades his First Amendment rights,” the government argued in a September brief.

    Trump’s “Religious Freedom Day” proclamation states that the president signed an executive order in May 2017 to strengthen those protections. The directive advised government agencies, including the Department of Justice, “to vigorously enforce Federal law’s robust protections for religious freedom.”

    The POTUS claims the policy “helps ensure Americans are able to follow their consciences without undue Government interference [sic].”

    But the order didn’t achieve all that much, as many argued at the time..

    Unlike a tabled proposal leaked by The Nation in February, it did not permit businesses and private individuals to discriminate against LGBTQ people in the name of faith. The American Civil Liberties Union referred to the finalized document as an “elaborate photo-op with no discernible policy outcome.”

    Nonetheless, Trump says in the Tuesday proclamation that the federal government will continue to uphold the values it alleges to have protected.

    “We will be undeterred in our commitment to monitor religious persecution and implement policies that promote religious freedom,” the statement claims. “Through these efforts, we strive for the day when people of all faiths can follow their hearts and worship according to their consciences.”


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    Jan 17, 2018 3:51 AM GMT


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    Jan 17, 2018 4:10 AM GMT
    What is with the state of Virginia and the tRumpTard? The confederate and religious nut jobs.......icon_redface.gif




    "Virginia Statute of Religious Freedom, a 1786 ordinance which helped inspire the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution"


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    Jan 17, 2018 4:20 AM GMT
    The state of Virginia and religious freedom icon_eek.gif


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    Jan 17, 2018 6:44 AM GMT
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