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WTF?! - ACLU Leaves Gays & Lesbians Out of the Equality Act

ACLU Demands Anti-LGBT “Religious Liberty” EO Documents From Four Federal Agencies

ACLU Demands Anti-LGBT “Religious Liberty” EO Documents From Four Federal Agencies

Via ACLU press release:

The American Civil Liberties Union has today demanded documents from four federal agencies concerning a potential executive order that would sanction religiously motivated discrimination against LGBT people, members of minority faiths, women, and people seeking reproductive health care.

“The American people deserve to know whether this administration plans to protect the rights of all Americans or whether it will sanction discrimination,” said Louise Melling, deputy legal director for the ACLU. “The ACLU fights every day to defend religious freedom, but religious freedom does not mean the right to discriminate against or harm others. If President Trump signs an executive order that authorizes discrimination against women and LGBT people, we will see him in court.”

The Freedom of Information Act requests were filed with the Departments of Health and Human Services, Labor, Justice, and Treasury and seek any communications regarding the drafting of an executive order that would attempt to grant broad religious exemptions to organizations from rules barring discrimination. A draft version of the order leaked last month.

Among other items, the draft order would insert broad exemptions into existing nondiscrimination protections under the Affordable Care Act requiring employers to offer insurance coverage for contraception, authorize federally funded child welfare organizations to make decisions based on religious directives regardless of the best interests of the child, and allow federal employees, contractors, and grantees to discriminate against same-sex couples, transgender people, and women seeking reproductive health care.

Today’s FOIA requests are here:

Department of Treasury: https://www.aclu.org/letter/foia-request-department-treasury

Department of Justice: https://www.aclu.org/legal-document/foia-request-department-justice

Department of Labor: https://www.aclu.org/legal-document/foia-request-department-labor

Department Health and Human Services: https://www.aclu.org/legal-document/foia-request-department-health-and-human-services

Slow Weekend? Read Westboro Baptist Church’s Founder Fred Phelps FBI File

Fred Phelps

 

In response to a Freedom of Information Act request, the FBI has released its 250-page file on Fred Phelps , the founder and leader of the “God Hates Fags” Westboror Baptist Church.

The FBI files dat back as far as 1967, when a confidential informant told the Bureau that Phelps needed “psychiatric care.”

The Hill reports, that the FBI didn’t really closely investigate until 1993, the same year that Phelps and his inbred “church”  heckled gay rights marchers in Washington, D.C.. ( 20/20″ captured Phelps lying prostrate on a sidewalk after being maced by an angry demonstrator. ) and the FBI continued monitoring the WBC closely until 2006.

Westboro contacted the FBI many times to alert the FBI of threats against the church, a tactic the Bureau saw through as early as 1993, and throughout the file Phelps and his Klan are referred to as “zealots” and “radical extremist,”  and his church a “hate group.”

Nothing that we already didn’t know.  But its still worth a scan.

 

Fred Phelps FBI File