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URGENT: Take Immediate Action To Support Religious Liberty



Marriage Supporter,

Earlier today, President Trump spoke at the National Prayer Breakfast where he appropriately noted that religious liberty is a fundamental right of all Americans. "Freedom of religion is a sacred right, but it is also a right that is under threat all around us..." President Trump said. "My administration will do everything in its power to defend and protect religious liberty."

Christians and supporters of marriage know the real and ever-present threat to their religious liberty all too well. For the past several years, we have seen people punished by the government simply for refusing to participate in a gay 'marriage' ceremony that violates their religious beliefs. People have been sued, fined, had their businesses ruined and even been jailed for not sacrificing their beliefs about marriage.

President Trump has been considering an Executive Order to protect religious liberty, but someone intentionally leaked it to the gay media in an attempt to derail it, allowing LGBT activists to orchestrate a false campaign claiming that protecting religious liberty is discrimination against gays and lesbians. The LGBT extremists are orchestrating a fearmongering campaign, getting their allies to contact the White House to oppose the prospective order.

We urge President Trump to follow through on his important acknowledgement that religious liberty is a sacred right by issuing the Executive Order under consideration protecting Americans from discrimination because of their religious beliefs.

I am asking you to do two critical things right away:

  1. Sign our petition which will be emailed to the White House so that President Trump knows of your position.
  2. Contact the White House to express your support for President Trump to support religious liberty.

Sign Our Petition

Contact the White House

Our opponents are working overtime to manipulate the media and their members into believing that protecting religious liberty is tantamount to LGBT discrimination, a false and despicable charge. They are inundating the White House with cotacts. Sadly, the Trump administration is not immune to this type of pressure, which makes it imperative that every NOM member act today to fight back.

President Trump clearly has an aversion to getting into a policy dispute with LGBT activists. A few months ago he wrongly said that the Supreme Court's illegitimate ruling redefining marriage was "settled law." The other day he announced that he was keeping an Obama administration executive order that gives special legal protections on "sexual orientation" and "gender identity" to LGBT citizens, subjecting people of faith to unjust claims of "discrimination." We agree with the US Conference of Catholic Bishops which has called the decision "troubling and disappointing" because the Obama policy creates new forms of discrimination against people of faith.

NOM will praise President Trump when warranted, such as in his nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the US Supreme Court, and will criticize him when warranted. We call on him to keep his campaign pledge to protect people of faith by signing the leaked Executive Order on religious liberty, and to rescind the flawed Obama-era order that gives special rights to the LGBT community.

Please act immediately so the Trump administration hears from NOM's members and is encouraged to make the right decision. Sign our petition and Contact the White House.

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown


Sign the petition today!

New Executive Order Will Keep Key Campaign Promises, and Protect Religion on Many Fronts

Writing at The Daily Signal, our good friend Ryan Anderson comments on a leaked draft of a forthcoming executive order from President Trump's administration that protects religious liberty on several fronts. The leak itself, and the ensuing coverage in the media, may exert pressure on the administration not to issue the order, but Ryan explains why we should all hope that that doesn't happen. This order is "good policy and entirely lawful."

Ryan summarizes the chief tenets of the order as follows:

  • It tells the entire federal government to respect federal statutes and Supreme Court decisions that make clear the free exercise of religion applies to all people, of all faiths, in all places, and at all times—that it is not merely the freedom to worship.
  • It notes that religious organizations include all organizations operated by religious principles, not just houses of worship or charities. And it follows the Religious Freedom Restoration Act in saying that religious exercise “includes all aspects of religious observance and practice,” not just those absolutely required by a faith.
  • It instructs all agencies of the federal government, “to the greatest extent practicable and permitted by law,” to reasonably accommodate the religion of federal employees, as required by Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.
  • It instructs the secretaries of health and human services, labor, and treasury to finally grant relief to the Little Sisters of the Poor and others who weren’t exempted from the Obamacare abortifacient and contraception mandate.
  • It instructs the secretary of health and human services to ensure that all citizens have the ability to purchase health care plans through Obamacare that do not cover abortion or subsidize plans that do.
  • It instructs the secretary of health and human services to ensure that the federal government does not discriminate against child welfare providers, such as foster care and adoption services, based on the organization’s religious beliefs.
  • It adopts the Russell Amendment and instructs all agencies of the federal government to provide protections and exemptions consistent with the Civil Rights Act and Americans with Disabilities Act to all religious organizations that contract with the federal government or receive grants.
  • It instructs the secretary of the treasury to ensure that it does not revoke nonprofit tax status because a religious organization’s ordinary religious speech deals with politics, or because it speaks or acts on the belief that marriage is the union of husband and wife, that a person’s sex is based on immutable biology, or that life begins at conception.
  • It instructs all agencies of the federal government to refuse to recognize any decision by a federally recognized accrediting body that revokes or denies accreditation to an organization because of such beliefs.
  • It instructs all agencies that they may not take adverse action against federal employees, contractors, or grantees because of their speech about marriage outside of their employment, contract, or grant, and that agencies shall reasonably accommodate such beliefs inside of employment, contract, or grant.

Read the whole summary and commentary over at The Daily Signal.

Evan McMullin: Not a Viable Conservative Alternative

Recently, an independent Presidential candidate touting "conservative" credentials has come onto the political scene posing as an alternative to Donald Trump for those who have not decided to support the Republican nominee.

Recently, though, McMullin gave an interview to Bloomberg Politics where his answers to some questions on same-sex marriage raise concerns about his claims to conservative credibility [emphases added]:

McMullin

INTERVIEWER: Same-sex marriage.

MCMULLIN: Sure.

INTERVIEWER: It's happened very quickly. It's now legal. Are you comfortable with the way it's happened and the current state of the law of the land on same-sex marriage?

MCMULLIN: Well, my position on that is, uh, that as a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saint, I believe in traditional marriage, between a man and a woman, but I respect the decision of the Court and I think it's time to move on.

INTERVIEWER: Along those lines, you said you want to push a lot for the Federal level down to the State level.

MCMULLIN: Yeah.

INTERVIEWER: Is that something you think should be handled by the States and not the Federal government?

MCMULLIN: Ideally, yes, but it's been handled by the Supreme Court, and that's where it is.

INTERVIEWER: But are you saying your personal preference is that marriage should be only legal between a man and a woman, but not just you accept the Court but that you're fine with the change?

MCMULLIN: This, this is a decision of faith for me, it's something of faith for me, but my faith isn't everybody else's faith and I make my decisions for me on those kinds of things--and...

INTERVIEWER: So--so, you're personally opposed to it, but you're--you're comfortable with the law of the land? In other words, you wouldn't--for instance--try to appoint Justices, nominate Justices, who would overturn--the decision?

MCMULLIN: I--I wouldn't on that.

You can view the entire interview here.

Trump’s Ignorance of Key Issues An Ongoing Problem

For most of his career, Donald Trump has been a businessman and a reality TV entertainer, not a political aspirant who is expected to have a grasp of key public issues. Now that he’s running for president, Trump is trying to get educated, but he’s relying on the source he knows best - “the shows” - for his information rather than doing the hard work of actually learning what’s involved in public policy. trumpSadly, Trump’s ignorance of key issues is an ongoing problem.  Yesterday on the Today Show, Trump said that North Carolina had made a mistake in passing legislation to prohibit the adoption of “bathroom bills” that allow biologic males to use intimate facilities reserved for women and girls based on a claim of “gender identity.” Trump said the state should just have left things the way it was because “there has been so little trouble.” He went on to say that Caitlin Jenner would be welcome to use whatever bathroom he wishes in Trump Tower.

There’s a big problem with Trump’s understanding of the issues in North Carolina, or in many public policy battles, especially social issues. You see, the left and LGBT extremists are never content to “leave things as it was.” They are constantly at work trying to force their extreme agenda on America.

That’s what happened in North Carolina when they got the Charlotte City Council to pass an ordinance over the objection of the state’s residents that allow men to use showers, locker rooms and bathrooms reserved for girls and women. The legislation that Trump commented on was in response to this affront to common sense and decency, not some proactive effort on the part of state offices to make life difficult for people who are transgender.

bathroomTrump doesn’t understand the complexities of this issue because “the shows” that he relies on for information never educate people about the true issues – they simply shout “discrimination” whenever something occurs in the public square that LGBT groups oppose.

It’s our obligation to call Trump out, and any other candidate who fails to grasp the complexities of important issues like this, with the hope that should he ever be elected, he will become a far more informed president than he has so far demonstrated as a candidate.

Is the Trump Campaign Anti-Christian?

While presidential candidate Donald Trump has made a major push to attract the support of Christians, including speaking at Liberty University where he picked up the endorsement of its president, Jerry Falwell, Jr, Trump’s press spokesperson has been engaging in virulent anti-Christian, anti-Catholic rhetoric.

Trump spokesperson Katrina Piersen recently tweeted an insult to Catholics, mocking the Catholic Church’s theology that the church was founded by Jesus Christ. “I bet they believe that too. #sad.”

Her anti-Catholic rant drew a rebuke from The Catholic League, the nation’s largest Catholic civil rights organization, which demanded an apology from Piersen and a clarification from candidate Trump that he will not tolerate anti-Catholic rhetoric in his campaign.

This is not the first time that Piersen has gone after Christians. Even as her boss worked to curry favor with Christian leaders and groups as part of his efforts to win in Iowa and nationally, Trump’s spokesperson has made her disdain for Christians plain. The Daily Caller news organization has uncovered a string of anti-Christian tweets from Piersen. In one, she said “There are no such things as Christians. Just people who call themselves Christians.” She also claimed that Christians are, “First to name call and First to judge.” Later, she criticized all people of faith, not just Christians, as “religious types” who are “unable to handle the truth.” She also criticized “most religious people” as hypocrites who follow a practice of “Do as I say not what I do” and condemned Christians saying that it’s, “always the Christians that are married or too old to party that tell how [you]should be living your life. As if they were [saints].”

As of this writing, Donald Trump has not commented on whether he agrees with Katrina Piersen’s characterizations of Christians and Catholics, nor has he apologized to people of faith for her comments. Piersen remains his official campaign spokesperson.