Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Here's Fascism!

Hey, it wouldn't be fascism without some kind of religious persecution, right? Sometimes it's general anti-religious persecution with imposed atheism. In the case of the U.S., what else could it be but Christian supremacy and using that religion to oppress LGBTQ+ folks and basically everyone who isn't a cis straight male Christian?

Jeff Sessions announces a religious liberty task force to combat “dangerous” secularism

Gee, look at the time. Is it the 1700's already?

On Monday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the creation of a “Religious Liberty Task Force” that will enforce a 2017 DOJ memo ordering federal agencies to take the broadest possible interpretation of “religious liberty” when enforcing federal laws. That memo, for example, prohibits the IRS from threatening the tax-exempt status of any religious organization that actively lobbied on behalf of a political candidate, which is not allowed under the Johnson Amendment. 
In a bold speech delivered at the Justice Department’s Religious Liberty Summit, Sessions characterized the task force as a necessary step in facing down the prevailing forces of secularism. “A dangerous movement, undetected by many, is now challenging and eroding our great tradition of religious freedom,” he said, which “must be confronted and defeated.”

Sessions, if I'm not allowed to be secular, I'm joining the Temple of Satan.

So this is Mike Pence's America, huh? It's not enough to scapegoat and persecute black and Latinx immigrants. I guess if we impeach Trump it'll be full-on war against anyone who is not Christian. And of course, the gays and trans people. But also, allowing people to discriminate against LGBTQ+ people based on "religious freedom" opens the door to allow discrimination against other marginalized peoples, as we've seen with people claiming that religious freedom or some kind of "freedom of expression" allows them to decline to serve black people.

Anyway, see you at the forced conversion therapy camps, fellow queers.

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