Trump Admin Installs ‘Religious Freedom’ Czars In All U.S. Attorney’s Offices

By Michael Stone

Theocracy Alert: U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions is quietly installing “religious freedom” czars in every U.S. Attorney’s office.

In a move meant to fly under the radar, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, under the guidance of the Trump administration, made significant changes to the policy manuals for U.S. Attorneys’ offices and Department of Justice litigation offices.

The new policy change requires that all U.S. Attorneys’ offices and Department of Justice litigation offices appoint a staff member to monitor any litigation involving religious freedom issues. These “religious freedom” czars would report directly to the Associate Attorney General, Trump political appointee Rachel Brand, before taking any action concerning “religious freedom.”

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2 COMMENTS

  1. @OP – These “religious freedom” czars would report directly to the Associate Attorney General, Trump political appointee Rachel Brand, before taking any action concerning “religious freedom.”

    Surely all Trump appointments are recruited from the intellectually deficient, “god-did-it-patched-ignorant”, and education-free dumb!

  2. If employees are to have the right to defer from action that offends their personal religious conscience, how might that run in cases such as this:

    State employee Jordon Dyrdahl-Roberts recently quit his government job in Helena, Montana.
    His state agency in Montana was required to send labor data to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and as a legal secretary for the state’s labor department, Dyrdahl-Roberts would have to help process these documents — information that he said would no doubt be used to track down and deport undocumented workers. There were going to be ICE subpoenas for information that would end up being used for this purpose. Dyrdahl-Roberts said he immediately had reservations — moral ones — after he found out about the subpoenas. It was not an easy decision, Dyrdahl-Roberts told The Washington Post, but following orders from ICE meant having a hand in breaking families apart, he said — and he refused to follow such orders. “People have asked why am I doing this if I have a child. I’m doing this because I have a child,” Dyrdahl-Roberts wrote on Twitter. “I want to be able to look my child in the eye.”

    There is a man with principles, who didn’t even cite religious conviction in his reasoning. Perhaps that was a mistake. Perhaps playing the ‘religious freedom’ card could be done in ways not anticipated by its proponents.

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