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Obama Fights Back Against Hobby Lobby Fueled Discrimination With LGBT Executive Order
PoliticusUSA - Real Liberal Politics ^ | July 19, 2014 | Rmuse

Posted on 07/19/2014 9:03:54 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

There has not been much good, or encouraging, news in America over the past months, and it is due to the perpetual assault on the people by a cabal of un-American groups led by Republicans and empowered by conservatives on the Supreme Court. To their credit, Democrats have attempted to assuage the damage imposed by the conservative Court, particularly the Hobby Lobby ruling, but Republicans dutifully protected the religious right and betrayed American women. There were plenty of Americans concerned the religious right would use the Court’s ruling as freedom to discriminate against the gay community, and within 24 hours of the Hobby Lobby decision a group of powerful religious leaders informed President Obama that he better “give deference to the Christian prerogative” and legalize discrimination by federal contractors with a “robust religious exemption” in an executive order due on Monday.

Yesterday it was announced that President Obama is not intimidated by Hobby Lobby, or powerful Catholic and evangelical religious leaders, and will sign an executive order on Monday barring discrimination against gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender employees doing federal government work. The religious right will not get the religious exemption, or the President’s deference to the Christian prerogative, they demanded and it is the most encouraging news coming out of Washington since the Hobby Lobby ruling was announced.

By not allowing the religious leaders to intimidate him, President Obama drew a demarcation line between religious freedom conservative style and the United States Constitution’s guarantee of equal rights for all Americans. The President also sent a powerful message to the religious right that regardless the High Court’s ruling, religious liberty is not a license to discriminate; even among so-called Christian friends of the White House. The President had warned last month that because Republicans in Congress obstructed progress on the anti-bias law, Employment Nondiscrimination Act (ENDA), he would take action on his own to protect the LGBT community from religious discrimination in hiring.

The announcement the President is defending equality for all Americans elicited high praise from GetEqual, a gay rights group, and a threat from the religious right of impending lawsuits to protect their religious liberty to discriminate. The director of GetEqual, Heather Cronk, said “We’re so proud today of the decision made by the Obama administration to resist the calls by a small number of right-wing conservatives to insert religious exemptions into civil rights protections.”

However, while gays were celebrating the White House announcement, the vice president of government relations for the National Association of Evangelicals said “It would be better if the President could provide leadership that promotes tolerance ‘all the way around,’ rather than use the force of the state.” He promised that the President’s order would lead to lengthy and expensive legal fights. The religious groups wanted the exemption to ensure they would still get taxpayer funded federal contracts while they discriminated against the LGBT community and people who do not share their faith.

The remark from evangelicals that the President should promote tolerance all the way around is insincere and a lie. The only tolerance evangelicals are concerned about is the population, and the federal government, tolerating their religious liberty to ignore the Constitution. The President disabused them of any idea they have a clear path to imposing anti-gay discrimination on the nation; particularly using taxpayer money.

The President’s order is certain to enrage Republicans who are already angry the White House is working while the GOP Congress sits on its hands pandering to religious and corporate fascists. But the President’s new protections are built on longstanding executive orders dealing with discrimination in hiring that apply to federal contractors approved by Lyndon Johnson in 1965, Richard Nixon in 1969, and Bill Clinton in 1995 and 1998. All Presidents who, like Barack Obama, took their oath to defend Constitution’s guarantee of equal rights seriously, but they did not face angry and substantial opposition from the religious liberty crowd.

The demand for Presidential authority for religious groups to flout anti-discrimination in hiring laws was sent from religious leaders who thought that because they were “friends of the White House,” the President would ignore the document he swore to defend and uphold; the U.S. Constitution. The signatories demanding “deference to the Christian prerogative” included Baptist preacher Rick Warren, former White House faith-based initiative operative Michael Wear, and representatives for Catholic charities that believe sex outside of heterosexual marriage is a mortal sin and demanded to keep taxpayers’ funding their group while they refused to hire gays. However, not all Christian groups supported the concept of using religious liberty as a weapon to discriminate against gays.

The president of the Interfaith Alliance, Reverend C. Welton Gaddy said, “Those of us who really care deeply about both the sanctity and the necessity of religious freedom have grieved to see people use that as a cover for overt discrimination, and the president is not going to allow that to happen.” Gaddy was responsible for organizing 100 real Christian leaders to send their own letter to the President opposing giving evangelicals freedom to discriminate. Reverend Gaddy said the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision really “shined a bright light” on Christian extremists’ efforts to use religious freedom as a convenient excuse to violate other Americans civil rights.

The president of the Human Rights Campaign, Chad Griffin, said that “With the strokes of a pen, the president will have a very real and immediate impact on the lives of millions of L.G.B.T. people across the country. These actions from the president have the potential to be a keystone in the arch of his administration’s progress, and they send a powerful message to future administrations and to Congress that anti-L.G.B.T. discrimination must not be tolerated.” The President sent an even more powerful message to the religious right that their plans to use the Hobby Lobby decision as a religious weapon to eviscerate anti-discrimination laws and 14th Amendment equal protection guarantees will not go unchallenged.

There is no doubt the threat of lengthy and expensive lawsuits against the government by the National Alliance of Evangelicals is empty. In fact, the impetus for the Hobby Lobby lawsuit was as much about fulfilling the Manhattan Declaration mission to abolish anti-discrimination laws as it was banning contraceptives and abortion. The religious leaders’ letter demanding the President’s deference to the Christian prerogative was a trial to determine how committed he was to protecting equal rights for the LGBT community, and the President’s message could not be clearer or more decisive; religious freedom is not freedom to discriminate.

The religious right celebrated the Hobby Lobby decision as their ticket to use religious freedom to run roughshod over the rights of Americans unwilling to comply with their religious edicts. While they were waving the religious liberty flag, Hobby Lobby ruling, and the Christian bible to intimidate the President of the United States into doing their bidding and authorizing legal discrimination, Barack Obama held up the United States Constitution and said this document, not the Christian bible, is the law of the land.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Government; Health/Medicine; Religion
KEYWORDS: christians; hobbylobby; homosexualagenda; obama
There was no room for a "barf alert" but really, doesn't the title tell you what's coming? And I'll bet that "Rmuse" really believes all the above.
1 posted on 07/19/2014 9:03:54 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Wow, now Pravda is viewed more reliable and less Propaganda prone then our media!


2 posted on 07/19/2014 9:05:36 AM PDT by SoConPubbie (Mitt and Obama: They're the same poison, just a different potency)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

So those “religious organizations” who are housing the “unaccompanied minor children” will have to hire Gays, Lesbians, Bisexual, and Transvestite workers to care for “the children”.


3 posted on 07/19/2014 9:09:06 AM PDT by SubMareener (Save us from Quarterly Freepathons! Become a MONTHLY DONOR!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Who needs a Supreme Court when we have the much more powerful and effective Executive Order?


4 posted on 07/19/2014 9:10:25 AM PDT by InterceptPoint (Remember Mississippi)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

So, the Supreme’s say what the Obamanation did in Obamacare is unConstitutional so Obamanation is going to write an EO saying, “F### You, Supremes”.

Does he expect the Supreme’s to just roll over? (well, Bohner, McConnell and Roberts already show they are nutless wonders)

Let Justice Thomas write the slapdown.


5 posted on 07/19/2014 9:11:03 AM PDT by hattend (Firearms and ammunition...the only growing industries under the Obama regime.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Hobby Lobby’s response should be:

“Obama is crafty enough without Hobby Lobby”


6 posted on 07/19/2014 9:11:35 AM PDT by G Larry (Which of Obama's policies do you think I'd support if he were white?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Totalitarians don’t need no steenkin’ CONgre$$ or United Socialists Supreme Court (USSC). Send congress & the courts home. $ave $. Why continue the kabuki theater? King Hussein knows best. His E.O. steamroller trumps any narrowly construed kangaroo court decision.

(these marxists have made a mess of the republic ALERT)


7 posted on 07/19/2014 9:18:25 AM PDT by PGalt
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

In this world ablaze its good to see our commander & chief hard at work for that 3%.


8 posted on 07/19/2014 9:21:34 AM PDT by skeeter
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To: InterceptPoint

When will there be folks in congress standing up asking all in government to not obey executive orders because they are detrmental to our nation..we need to stop following his orders, if they try to oppress us then we oppress them before they have more power.


9 posted on 07/19/2014 9:37:16 AM PDT by aces (Jesus Saves not Society)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The Hobby Lobby decision is settled law - isn’t that what the left said about Obamacare?


10 posted on 07/19/2014 9:43:28 AM PDT by GreenHornet
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To: SubMareener; neverdem; narses; Nachum; SunkenCiv

Real tolerance there, ain’t it?

That there writer just extrudes “love” and tolerance for all - as long as and ONLY IF “he” approves of what you tolerate and love of course.
And, just to show his love and tolerance for all, he is demanding the government fire charitable agencies and demands that the government put people in jail who do not agree with the groups that “HE” loves and tolerates.

/sarcasm


11 posted on 07/19/2014 9:43:31 AM PDT by Robert A. Cook, PE (I can only donate monthly, but socialists' ABBCNNBCBS continue to lie every day!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

And elections have consequences!

To the 4 million who stayed home in 2012...F*ck You!


12 posted on 07/19/2014 9:43:58 AM PDT by Artcore
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To: Artcore

Bingo.


13 posted on 07/19/2014 9:55:45 AM PDT by Williams
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To: hattend

So, the Supreme’s say what the Obamanation did in Obamacare is unConstitutional so Obamanation is going to write an EO saying, “F### You, Supremes”.”

Worked for Andrew Jackson.


14 posted on 07/19/2014 10:04:13 AM PDT by RedStateRocker (Nuke Mecca, deport all illegal aliens, abolish the IRS, DEA and ATF.)
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To: skeeter

“In this world ablaze its good to see our commander & chief hard at work for that 3%.”

That 3% controls 80% of the US Mainstream Media, which tells the middle 20% that decide elections what they think.


15 posted on 07/19/2014 10:10:54 AM PDT by tcrlaf (Q)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

What the idiots on the left do not understand is the Constitutional distinction (between “Hobby Lobby” and Obama’s executive order, is that the Federal Government is not Hobby Lobby and Hobby Lobby is not the Federal Government and one can decide what to do with it’s money without telling the other what to do with it’s money.


16 posted on 07/19/2014 10:15:33 AM PDT by Wuli
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

LGBT Executive Order…..AIDS doesn’t work fast enough.


17 posted on 07/19/2014 10:38:58 AM PDT by longfellow (Bill Maher, the 21st hijacker.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I would like to know when Bathhouse Barry is going to just admit he is a poofing fairy.


18 posted on 07/19/2014 11:06:50 AM PDT by Slyfox (When progressives ignore moral parameters, they also lose the natural gift of common sense.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
....the President’s message could not be clearer or more decisive; religious freedom is not freedom to discriminate.

1) funny how decisive this slacker president gets when it's an issue he cares about

2) again we see the left exploiting the concept of discrimination. As a society we've decided that discrimination based on physical traits -- e.g. skin color -- is off limits and rightly so. But homosexuality is experienced by society as a behavior, not a physical trait. This puts it in a completely different category. The left shouldn't be allowed to hijack civil rights arguments to advance gay "rights" and curtail religious freedom.

19 posted on 07/19/2014 11:17:39 AM PDT by Yardstick
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To: Robert A. Cook, PE; AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; cardinal4; ...

Thanks Robert A. Cook, PE.


20 posted on 07/19/2014 11:20:44 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
I've said these before.

If the fish wants to ride the bicycle they can buy their own helmets..

It not my job to buy them and I'm not oppressing them if I don't buy them

21 posted on 07/19/2014 12:01:19 PM PDT by tophat9000 (An Eye for an Eye, a Word for a Word...nothing more)
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To: skeeter
our commander & chief hard at work for that 3%.

That number isn't true. It's 1.6%
WaPo

22 posted on 07/19/2014 12:14:51 PM PDT by MaxMax (Pay Attention and you'll be pissed off too! FIRE BOEHNER, NOW!)
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To: InterceptPoint

When will there be folks in congress standing up asking all in government to not obey executive orders because they are detrmental to our nation..we need to stop following his orders, if they try to oppress us then we oppress them before they have more power.


23 posted on 07/19/2014 1:09:40 PM PDT by aces (Jesus Saves not Society)
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To: SubMareener

No, they’ll simply be unable to provide charity thru the government.


24 posted on 07/19/2014 6:27:01 PM PDT by NetAddicted (Just looking)
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To: hattend

First time it occurred to me that SCOTUS could make a decision to screw with Hussein.


25 posted on 07/19/2014 6:28:38 PM PDT by NetAddicted (Just looking)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
"Presidents who, like Barack Obama, took their oath to defend Constitution’s guarantee of equal rights"

Comrade obama only defends those parts of the Constitution he deems likely to further his own ends. Any international despot and enemy of the American people could find common ground with that concept.
26 posted on 07/20/2014 5:06:08 AM PDT by clearcarbon
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