Congressional Bill Creates Special Right to Break the Law and Persecute Others, Only for those with Right-Wing Religion
60% of the Republican members of the U.S. House of Representatives and 69% of the Republican members of the U.S. Senate are acting to narrowly protect people who use hold religious beliefs and use a combination of those religious beliefs and their government positions to persecute others.
These bills, if passed, would allow government workers to decide arbitrarily to stop obeying the law simply because they decided one day that their personal religion let them break the law. The bills, if passed, would allow government workers to deny other Americans their legal rights, simply because they decided one day that their personal religion insisted that they persecute others. You couldn’t fire these government workers for failing to do their jobs.
You couldn’t dislodge them from their offices for persecuting other Americans and denying those Americans their rights. You couldn’t send such people to jail for using government power to violate the law or take away others’ others’ rights. You couldn’t take them to court for oppressing other people in the name of their religion — and if you tried, you’d have to pay the government-employed religious persecutors’ attorney fees.
And I haven’t shared the kicker:
If their bill passes, it won’t be ANY old person with ANY old religious beliefs who can hold these special rights.
No. If their bill passess, the only government workers who will be granted the special right to engage in government-based religious persecution are government workers who hold the same religious beliefs as right-wing Republicans. It says right in Section 3, Subsection A, that the only government worker who will be provided the ability to persecute others and break the law is a government worker who “believes or acts in accordance with a religious belief or moral conviction that marriage is or should be recognized as the union of one man and one woman, or that sexual relations are properly reserved to such a marriage.”
Let’s sum it up. If this bill passes, then:
- If you are a government worker with the same religion as a right-wing Republican, you get special rights to break the law and take away other people’s rights with impunity.
- If you are a government worker with a different religion from a right-wing Republican, you don’t get those rights.
If that’s not government establishment of religion, expressly forbidden by the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, then I don’t know what is.
The people who are trying to accomplish this constitute large majorities of the Republican Party in Congress.
The Republican Party controls both houses of Congress.
This is why religion needs to be kept out of government.
This is why the Republican Party must be stopped.