Tuesday, the Family Research Council released the following statement about the formation of the Religious Liberty Task Force by the Department of Justice.
“In the wake of the Obama administration, we are witnessing a revival of freedom! Today’s announcement of the creation of a new Religious Liberty Task Force by Attorney General Jeff Sessions is the launch of the next phase of President Trump’s campaign promise to protect the religious freedoms of all Americans. The formation of this task force puts bureaucrats on notice: you will respect the freedom of every American not only to believe but to live according to those beliefs.
“With initiatives such as this, it’s clear that the Trump administration understands the dangers of government actors attempting to quarantine religious beliefs within the walls of a church instead of embracing their historical contributions to America’s public good.
“No American should have to restrict the practice of their faith to within the confines of their place of worship.
The Department of Justice (DOJ) today announced the formation of a Religious Liberty Task Force. The Task Force, which will be chaired by Attorney General Jeff Sessions, “will continue the Department’s ongoing work to implement the Religious Liberty Memorandum and the implementation memorandum. The Task Force will also consider new initiatives that will further the Department’s work to protect and promote religious liberty.
“I commend President Trump and Attorney General Sessions for safeguarding the freedom to live out one’s faith in all areas of society without government punishment or intimidation. History makes clear, religious freedom is the key to a strong, stable and successful nation,” said Perkins.
— JoeMyGod (@JoeMyGod) July 31, 2018
DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE SUMMIT
Tuesday,the Department of Justice held a Religious Liberty Summit hosted by Acting Associate Attorney General Jesse Panuccio. During the event, Attorney General Sessions announced the creation of a Religious Freedom Task Force. The event also included remarks from Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, Archbishop Kurtz, and Senator Lankford, and two featured panel discussions. Related: Attorney General Sessions Delivers Remarks at the Department of Justice’s Religious Liberty Summit
Sessions delivered the following comments which outlined his concerns and considerations for the Task Force.
“A dangerous movement, undetected by many, is now challenging and eroding our great tradition of religious freedom. There can be no doubt. This is no little matter. It must be confronted and defeated.
This election, and much that has flowed from it, gives us a rare opportunity to arrest these trends. Such a reversal will not just be done with electoral victories, but by intellectual victories.
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.
This President and this Department of Justice are determined to protect and even advance this magnificent heritage,” said Sessions.
Thank you, @JeffSessions! My fellow radical Jewish-Wicca polyvegan feminist she-priests applaud you for implicitly supporting our right to freely worship our blood demons through your amazing “Religious Liberty Task Force!” Finally – blanket protections for religion! Hail Satyn!!
— Bess Kalb (@bessbell) July 31, 2018
AG Sessions’ work to undermine equal protection under the law is a violation of his oath of office; that he’s doing it under the cover of religious liberty is anathema. https://t.co/GuQYlVhE2w
— Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II (@RevDrBarber) July 31, 2018
BREAKING Jeff Sessions announces "Religious Liberty Task Force" to "fully implement our religious liberty guidance." pic.twitter.com/n8TrRLIRg4
— Saladin Ahmed (@saladinahmed) July 31, 2018
TO THE LEFT IT IS ALL ABOUT ABORTION
It’s not a Religious Liberty Task Force.
It’s a “Christian Liberty Task Force.”
It’s an “Impose Our Religion On Others Task Force.”
It’s a “Make Abortion And Equal Rights Illegal Task Force.”
It’s an “Eliminate Other Religions Task Force.”
Call it like it is.
— emilia (@PoliticalEmilia) July 30, 2018
There are real implications to the Trump administration’s “religious liberty” policies. Attacking our reproductive freedom is one of them.
We’ll fight to make sure everyone has access to health care without fear of discrimination. https://t.co/cCsIEGN9QF
— ACLU (@ACLU) July 31, 2018
City of Denver Unanimously Votes to Rename Columbus Park “La Raza Park”
There might come a time when nothing in the US is named after Christopher Columbus.
The Denver City Council unanimously voted to rename Columbus Park last week Monday, and now it will be named “La Raza Park.”
“La raza” is Spanish for “the race,” which has connotations with Latino identity politics. A Denver Post article tells us that the phrase “viva la raza” (long live the race) was the “rallying cry of the Chicano movement in the 1960s and ’70s.” The Chicano Movement encouraged Mexican ethnic and cultural solidarity with a particular emphasis on their indigenous heritage. The movement, however, rejected assimilation and thus the term “Mexican-American,” essentially branding themselves as the Hispanic version of the Black Power movement.
Councilwoman Amanda Sandoval claims that the unanimous vote was an act of officially naming a park that has “always” been unofficially called by its new name. “La raza is a word of unity and about celebrating community,” she said without a hint of irony.
The reason for officially renaming the park is about what you’d expect, namely because Christopher Columbus is irredeemably associated with colonialism and genocide and is thus not fit to be honored in any way, shape, or form.
Arturo Gonzalez, a retired professor, said that “Mexican Chicanos and Indigenous peoples have suffered genocide over the last 500 years. We live with that trauma. We continue to live with that trauma.”
Renaming parks, buildings, and schools that were previously named after so-called “problematic” or “white supremacist” historical figures is nothing new, of course, but the practice has accelerated over the past several months due to the hysteria following the George Floyd riots.
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