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Trump, Pence Open Door to Firing LGBTQ People Over ‘Religion’

Sep 10, 2019

By Sarah Warbelow

Since its first day in office, the Trump-Pence administration has targeted our most vulnerable — asylum seekers and children, hospital patients and students. Through regulations, executive orders, and the megaphone of Trump’s Twitter account, the Trump-Pence administration has worked to systematically dismantle the civil rights safety net so many of us rely on. Time and again, this administration manipulated our institutions, which were designed to protect our rights and welfare, into tools to advance their own discriminatory agenda.

This time, Trump-Pence are taking aim at our nation’s workers — carving up longstanding federal protections and inviting companies to discriminate.

Notice of Proposed Rulemaking from the Department of Labor published last month would add an unprecedented and expansive religious exemption to the regulations implementing Executive Order 11,246. This executive order prohibits discrimination by federal contractors on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, and gender identity. This executive order and its implementing regulations affect the vast majority of workers employed by a federal contractor or subcontractor — 20 percent of our nation’s workforce.

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3 comments on “Trump, Pence Open Door to Firing LGBTQ People Over ‘Religion’

  • What we need to see now then is a whole bunch of evangelists (preferably), muslims, jews, hindus etc all being fired by secular/athiest bosses due to religious belief. It might highlight that discrimination can work both ways , but knowing this administration, probably not. Report abuse

  • @OP – Time and again, this administration manipulated our institutions, which were designed to protect our rights and welfare, into tools to advance their own discriminatory agenda.

    Those who do not study the history of fascism, and learn from its lessons, are destined to repeat its blunders!

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Francoist_Spain#Media

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Francoist_Spain#Roman_Catholicism

    Civil marriages that had taken place in the Republic were declared null and void unless they had been validated by the Church, along with divorces. Divorce, contraception and abortions were forbidden,[43] yet enforcement was inconsistent. Children had to be given Christian names.[44]

    Franco was made a member of the Supreme Order of Christ by Pope Pius XII whilst Spain itself was consecrated to the Sacred Heart.[45]

    The Catholic Church’s ties with the Franco dictatorship gave it control over the country’s schools and crucifixes were once again placed in schoolrooms.

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