Attorney General Jeff Sessions Creates Religious Liberty Task Force To Protect Anti-Gay & Anti-Birth Control Christians
Attorney General Jeff Sessions has created a religious liberty task force to “protect and promote religious liberty,” including Christian groups that oppose gay people and contraception.
Speaking during a religious liberty summit at the Justice Department, Sessions claimed there was an unidentified “dangerous movement” that is “challenging and eroding our great tradition of religious freedom,” reports the Washington Examiner.
Sessions complained that religious morality was not being enshrined as law, and whined about (anti-gay) religious organizations being being labeled as hate groups:
We have gotten to the point where courts have held that morality cannot be a basis for law; where ministers are fearful to affirm, as they understand it, holy writ from the pulpit; and where one group can actively target religious groups by labeling them a “hate group” on the basis of their sincerely held religious beliefs.
Sessions went on to falsely claim that nuns are being “forced to buy contraceptives,” an inaccurate description of the Little Sisters of the Poor who refused to fill out a one-page exemption so that their health insurance company would not cover birth control for their employees:
Many Americans have felt that their freedom to practice their faith has been under attack. And it’s easy to see why. We’ve seen nuns ordered to buy contraceptives.
Sessions also tried to paint Christian baker Jack Phillips as persecuted because Phillips discriminated against a gay couple in violation of Colorado law, notes The Christian Post:
We’ve all seen the ordeal faced so bravely by [Christian baker] Jack Phillips.
Sessions insisted that Americans have “the right to exercise our faith” even if it apparently contradicts U.S. laws and human rights.