Under Donald Trump, Religion Becomes An Excuse To Discriminate
Religious folks love to bend our ears, preaching about how their organizations bring people a morally superior way of life. Under Donald Trump, however, religion is becoming a legal haven for people who are determined to withhold compassion, deny service, fire from employment and otherwise discriminate.
Tomorrow, Donald Trump is scheduled to sign an executive order that gives organizations broad exemptions from anti-discrimination laws, just so long as the organizations use religious belief as an excuse for the discrimination. Among other things, the order will allow companies to fire workers who aren’t heterosexual – for no other reason than their sexual identity.
Religious groups are celebrating the executive order, because it will grant them the power to do wrong to groups of people they don’t like. They call this “religious liberty”.
What they aren’t taking into account is that the more religious groups loudly support harsh programs of discrimination, the more firmly they will secure the reputation of religion as a source of cruelty, rather than compassion. Increasing numbers of Americans are choosing to stay away from religion, and actions like tomorrow’s executive order will only accelerate that trend.