Religious freedom Order ‘sabotaged’ by Ivanka Trump
When Bryan Fischer, above, of the American Family Association, realised that a religious freedom order signed by President Trump this week was devoid of the anti-LGBT rhetoric contained in the original draft, he angrily accused Trump’s daughter, Ivanka, of sabotage.
Before Trump’s signature had time to dry, the deranged Fischer, purple with rage, fired off a statement on Thursday, saying:
This morning’s empty and symbolic action on the president’s part most likely betrays the hidden hand of the president’s über-liberal daughter, Ivanka, who likely leaked the February draft to a liberal rag (The Nation) in order to stir up enough intense outrage from the LGBT community to strangle this baby in the cradle.
It worked. Ivanka wore out her red pencil eviscerating the original order, leaving us with today’s order which has very nice language but is virtually entirely lacking in substance.
The president’s words today were fine, and encouraging as far as they went. The problem with the president’s speech in the Rose Garden is what he did not say.
The religious liberty executive order President Trump signed hardly helped the cause of religious liberty. There was no word of comfort, encouragement, or support for those who have been victimized by the relentless persecution of the homosexual lobby.
They apparently will have to wait for another day, waiting without any assurance that this new administration will stand with them and protect their constitutional liberties.
The best grade we can give the president for today’s remarks is an incomplete.
An early draft of the order leaked from inside the White House showed plans to protect people who discriminate based on:
The belief that marriage is or should be recognised as the union of one man and one woman [or that] male and female refer to an individual’s immutable biological sex as objectively determined by anatomy at birth.
On the AFA website Fischer wrote:
Our recent history is rife with Christian bakers being fined $135,000 for refusing to bow the knee to the god of Sodom, Christian florists being sued for everything they own, and Christian photographers subject to stiff fines for declining to participate in same-sex ceremonies.
Christian adoption agencies specializing in hard-to-place children have been shut down. We’ve seen story after story of Christian students being expelled from counseling programs for not meekly submitting to the gay agenda, and professors being terminated or denied tenure for the same reason.
The final version of the order was edited to remove the explicitly anti-LGBT language, instead passing the buck to Attorney General Jeff Sessions to:
Issue guidance interpreting religious liberty protections in Federal law.
The National Organization for Marriage’s Brian S Brown, above, was also critical of Trump, saying:
The order falls far short of what is needed to protect people of faith from governmental persecution set in motion by the Obama administration.
Instead, he has punted the issue to the Department of Justice which, he says, will develop new rules to protect the religious liberty rights of people and groups.
This is the second time that President Trump has backed away from signing a comprehensive order protecting religious liberty after LGBT groups complained about the proposed actions. We cannot accept this capitulation on such a critical issue and must fight back. Will you help us insist that President Trump fulfill his repeated promises to protect the religious liberty of people of faith?
While we are disappointed that President Trump did not directly protect the religious liberty rights of people of faith, this battle is far from over. NOM is committed to fighting to ensure that the new rules that are developed by the Department of Justice are comprehensive and effective, and we will need your help in doing so.
Because of President Trump’s failure to directly fulfill his repeated campaign promises, people of faith will continue to be in the crosshairs of the government, forced to choose between abandoning their beliefs or risk facing governmental persecution and complying with onerous demands of the government.