President Donald Trump shocked conservative Americans across the country by re-nominating an LGBT-activist to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). Chai Feldblum was nominated by former President Obama, and has a track record of attacking Christians and fighting against religious liberty.
In past statements, Feldblum has gone after conservatives who believe in religious liberty, stating:
“I’m having a hard time coming up with any case in which religious liberty should win… Sexual liberty should win in most cases. There can be a conflict between religious liberty and sexual liberty, but in almost all cases the sexual liberty should win because that’s the only way that the dignity of gay people can be affirmed in any realistic manner.”
Feldblum also believes that nobody should be allowed to oppose gay marriage, even privately. Meaning that she doesn’t think you have the right to believe differently than her.
“Just as we do not tolerate private racial beliefs that adversely affect African-Americans in the commercial arena, even if such beliefs are based on religious views, we should similarly not tolerate private beliefs about sexual orientation and gender identity that adversely affect the ability of LGBT people to live in the world.”
She also chimed in on the debate Christians being able to deny service to gay people, stating:
“For all my sympathy for the evangelical Christian couple who may wish to run a bed and breakfast from which they can exclude unmarried straight couples and all gay couples, this is a point where I believe the ‘zero sum’ nature of the game inevitably comes into play. And in making the decision in this zero sum game, I am convinced society should come down on the side of protecting the liberty of LGBT people.”
These are all extremely radical ideas. Her nomination wouldn’t be too surprising during the Obama years, but with President Trump being in office, this nomination is extremely surprising and troubling to conservatives.