Religious freedom Order 'sabotaged' by Ivanka Trump

Religious freedom Order 'sabotaged' by Ivanka Trump May 6, 2017

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.

Fischer added:

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.

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  • Newspaniard

    Well done Mrs. Trump, I suspect with her old man’s approval. Yesterday, the religiots were celebrating a big win… Oh dear, what a disappointment. Keep the fundies away from politics (please).

  • Smokey

    2017: The year they messed up the chemtrail formula. Fortunately we won’t remember it.

  • remigius

    ‘Well done Mrs. Trump, I suspect with her old man’s approval.’
    Newspaniard. Ivanka Trump is an Orthodox Jew, as is her husband.

  • remigius

    Mr Fischer should calm down, or he’ll end up being eaten…

  • “The order falls far short of what is needed to protect people of faith from governmental persecution set in motion by the Obama administration.”
    Curse that devilish Mr. Obama and his time-traveling ways! He caused the Johnson Amendment to happen in 1954, for instance.

  • andym

    So not being allowed to discriminate is persecution, then. And I suspect Fischer believes this sincerely and it’s not just rhetoric. Sad, in a sense.

  • barriejohn

    There was no word of comfort, encouragement, or support for those who have been victimized by the relentless persecution of the homosexual lobby.
    Somehow, I don’t think that’s what he intended to say.

  • 1859

    This is how dynasties behave not democracies. When husbands, wives , daughters, sons and any number of relatives and friends in the dynastic family, can all bear influence on decisions made by a ruler, what has happened to democracy and open debate? So-called American democracy is becoming a farce. It’s already a circus that only the wealthy can join, but as every day passes with the odious Trump in power, the real ideals of true democracy keep descending into meaningless rhetoric and the administration around Trump looks more and more like the entourage of a despot. With only the American courts able to fend off and delay attacks on the Constitution it’s beginning to look like there is much need of a Second American Revolution.

  • barriejohn

    [I]t’s beginning to look like there is much need of a Second American Revolution. (The courts are going to be stuffed with pro-Trump judges in due course)
    How ironic that Trump is so voluble regarding the right of the American people to bear arms. Are Americans actually aware of the wording and purpose of their Second Amendment?
    A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.
    One can well imagine the colourful language which Donald Trump would use in describing that militia should it consider himself the despot against whom its members should take up arms.

  • The nerve of these people, pretending to be the persecuted, when, in fact, they are the persecutors and they know it. Their brand of religious freedom is to dictate, by law, what those so called freedoms will be. They want to be free to persecute anyone who does not agree with their holey book, whatever version they read from, to include the KJ Version and the phrase alone should make any thinking person scratch their head. How many versions are their?

  • Cali Ron

    Could someone here please direct me to the homosexual lobby? I can’t seem to find it. You would think with all of the persecution flowing from this lobby it would be easy to find, but no, I googled it and got no hits. Perhaps it’s not a lobby at all, but really just a foyer. I checked numerous sources, but this lobby must be like God, it’s everywhere, but you can’t see it, touch it or define it. Clearly, we must fear this omnipresent lobby lest we all be afflicted with homosexuality and atheism. First they made the florists make them flower arrangements, then they made the bakers make them cakes, then they made the court clerks process their marriage licenses. What will it be next? Photographers forced to take their pictures? When they come for you will you be ready to (insert your occupation here) for those god forsaken homosexuals?
    But I digress. Could you please direct me to the homosexual lobby?

  • remigius

    ‘Could someone here please direct me to the homosexual lobby? I can’t seem to find it.’
    You’ll know it when you see it – it’s just FAB-U-LOUS.

  • Robster

    I get a mental picture of Ivanka being a wee woodpecker, tapping madly on her father’s head as he ponders policy.