Sessions announces ‘religious liberty task force’

Jul 31, 2018

By Lydia Wheeler

Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced Monday that the Department of Justice is creating a “religious liberty task force.”

Sessions said the task force, co-chaired by Associate Attorney General Jesse Panuccio and the assistant attorney general for the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Policy, Beth Williams, will help the department fully implement the religious liberty guidance it issued last year.

The guidance was a byproduct of President Trump’s executive order directing agencies to respect and protect religious liberty and political speech.

Sessions said on Monday that the task force will “ensure all Justice Department components are upholding that guidance in the cases they bring and defend, the arguments they make in court, the policies and regulations they adopt, and how we conduct our operations.”

The announcement came during the department’s religious liberty summit.

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7 comments on “Sessions announces ‘religious liberty task force’

  • LaurieB #2
    Aug 1, 2018 at 1:23 pm

    “Liberation” of a country that doesn’t want to be “liberated”.

    Bbbbut the Trump administration has established that much of the world needs to be liberated from those “inconvenient facts” which keep causing Trump and his uneducated followers, difficulties, challenges to their preconceptions, inconvenience, and embarrassment! 🙂

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  • peter baird #5
    Aug 2, 2018 at 3:52 pm

    And here I thought religious freedom in the legal sense was strictly a shield and not a sword. Or a Task Force.

    Ah! – But in the Trump administration the word “liberty” is about taking liberties, not about up-holding the liberties of citizens!
    Taking liberties with facts.
    Taking liberties with laws.
    Taking liberties with women.
    Taking liberties with the truth.
    Taking liberties with appointments to head specialist departments.
    Taking liberties with the meanings of words . . . . . . . . . .

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  • @OP – Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced Monday that the Department of Justice is creating a “religious liberty task force.”

    I wonder if this is the sort of state enforced “religious liberty”, Republican women voted for and want?

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