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USCCR attacks freedom of religion

October 5, 2016

Those who were offended by Hillary Clinton’s speech calling Trump supporters “racist, sexist, homophobic xenophobic, Islamaphobic—you name it” should consider the similarity between her choice of words and the statement of Martin Castro, Chairman of the US Commission of Civil Rights in support of the report “Peaceful Coexistence: Reconciling non-discrimination principles with civil rights.” Castro summed up the report as follows:
“The phrases “religious liberty” and “religious freedom” will stand for nothing except hypocrisy so long as they remain code words for discrimination, intolerance, racism, sexism, homophobia, Islamophobia, Christian supremacy or any form of intolerance.”
The report is a frontal attack on freedom of religion.
Is this what Hillary has in mind for Christians? She needs to be challenged to repudiate the anti-Christian agenda of the report and the Obama administration.
For example, does Hillary support the USCCR recommendation that Christian groups be denied recognition at public universities if they require their members or leaders to be Christians?
Does she believe that anti-discrimination rules should trump religious liberty?
Does she believe that freedom of religion applies only to belief and not to conduct?
Does she believe that pro-family, pro-life Christians are irredeemable, intolerant, bigots?
Hillary Clinton “…you could put half of Trump’s supporters into what I call the basket of deplorables. Right? The racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamaphobic — you name it. And unfortunately there are people like that. And he has lifted them up. He has given voice to their websites that used to only have 11,000 people — now 11 million. He tweets and retweets their offensive hateful mean-spirited rhetoric. Now, some of those folks — they are irredeemable, but thankfully they are not America.”

Chairman Martin R. Castro
“Religious liberty was never intended to give one religion dominion over other religions, or a veto power over the civil rights and civil liberties of others. However, today, as in the past, religion is being used as both a weapon and a shield by those seeking to deny others equality. In our nation’s past religion has been used to justify slavery and later, Jim Crow laws. We now see “religious liberty” arguments sneaking their way back into our political and constitutional discourse (just like the concept of “state rights”) in an effort to undermine the rights of some Americans. This generation of Americans must stand up and speak out to ensure that religion never again be twisted to deny others the full promise of America.”

Commissioners Achtenberg, Castro, Kladney, Narasaki, and Yaki Rebuttal
A new wave of laws is being proposed to limit the freedoms of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people.
These laws and proposals represent an orchestrated, nationwide effort by extremists to promote bigotry, cloaked in the mantle of “religious freedom.” The current spate of anti-LGBT laws is not the result of a spontaneous, populist revolt. It is a carefully-planned strategy, being undertaken to punish LGBT people for having the temerity to pursue equality and prevailing in the U.S. Supreme Court.

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  1. John the Mad permalink
    May 26, 2017 10:17 pm

    “In our nation’s past religion has been used to justify slavery and later, Jim Crow laws.” As a Canadian that statement strikes me as being historically misleading. Yes, slavery continues to exist in the world (pretty much exclusively now in counties where Islam prevails), so one can agree that religion has been, and continues to be, used to justify slavery. And some Christians in the 18th and 19th century USA argued in the past that slavery is justified by Christianity.

    However, this view ignores the fact that Christians led the effort in the 19th century to abolish slavery in the western world, including in the United States. “Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord…..” Atheistic communism enslaved far more people than Christians ever did. Should we, therefore, suppress any teaching of Marxism? (We’d have to close a lot of universities.)

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