Christianity is still the dominant religion in the United States, but conservative politicians love to trick their voters into thinking otherwise. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has just announced a new “Religious Liberty Task Force” that will be a subsection of the Department of Justice.
Sessions says the goal of the task force is to:
“ensure all Justice Department components are upholding that guidance in the cases they bring and defend, the arguments they make in court, the policies and regulations they adopt, and how we conduct our operations.”
Sessions continues to speak about how people of faith are under attack in the United States. Specifically he says:
None of this is true and is a complete distortion of the facts. But okay.
“We’ve seen nuns ordered to buy contraceptives. We’ve seen U.S. senators ask judicial and executive branch nominees about dogma—even though the Constitution explicitly forbids a religious test for public office. We’ve all seen the ordeal faced so bravely by Jack Phillips.”
“In short, we have not only the freedom to worship—but the right to exercise our faith. The Constitution’s protections don’t end at the parish parking lot nor can our freedoms be confined to our basements.”
Confined to our basements. Wow. Christianity and churches are ubiquitous in America.
“Religious Americans are no longer an afterthought.”
But none of this should be too surprising. Research has shown that most Christians believe they are victims of discrimination. It’s classic fear mongering by politicians. When the majority group loses some of their advantages in an effort for fairness, it can feel like being attacked. In reality, Christians can practice their religion as much as ever. However, slowly we are seeing people of other faiths and of no faith getting similar rights as well. The Satanic Temple does a great job showing the government’s hypocrisy of supporting one religion over another.
Who knows if this task force will even do anything, but it’s just absurd that so many people in our country believe this is something we even need.
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