Most members of the LGBTQ community know full well that their rights are under attack by President Donald Trump and the Religious Right and that only a decent distance between religion and government can fend off that aggressive religio-political movement.
The right to privacy outlined in the Griswold decision gave Americans a powerful shield to fend off intrusive actions by conservative religious groups determined to meddle in our most intimate affairs.
Trump administration officials and their allies in the Religious Right argue that their discriminatory policies protect 'religious freedom.' They don’t. In fact, government-supported discrimination makes a mockery of that principle by converting religious freedom into a weapon that causes harm.
The front line of the Religious Right’s efforts to redefine “religious freedom” is the LGBTQ equality debate. AU President & CEO Rachel Laser explains that if we want to put an end to this strategy, we must support critical legislation like the Equality Act that holds our country accountable to the American ideals of both equality for all and religious freedom.
The U.S. State Department announced last week that it will create a commission to promote human rights around the world based on “natural law and natural rights.” The prospect has alarmed many advocates of church-state separation – and for good cause.
Franklin Graham may have hopes that his prayer day will make all of the opponents of the president’s misguided policies go away. He is absolutely free to pray for that, but you don’t have to be a theologian to realize it’s not going to happen.