Trump WH creates protections for those using “religious” beliefs to subvert the legally enshrined civil rights of their fellow citizens

via Trump administration creates new religious, moral protections for health workers | TheHill

Because bigotry is what these guys do best.


Homeland Security Official Resigns Over Remarks on African-Americans and Muslims


The Department of Homeland Security’s head of outreach to religious and community organizations resigned on Thursday after audio recordings revealed that he had previously made incendiary remarks about African-Americans and Muslims while speaking on radio shows.

…John F. Kelly, the White House chief of staff, had appointed Mr. Johnson to the department in April during his brief tenure as secretary of Homeland Security.

…[Johnson said on a radio show] that the black community had “turned America’s major cities into slums because of laziness, drug use and sexual promiscuity.” He also said black people were anti-Semitic because they were jealous of Jewish people..

…Mr. Johnson attacked Islam, …“Muslims want to cut our heads off,” that Islam is “an ideology posing as a religion” and that President George W. Bush made a mistake by calling it a religion of peace.

…Mr. Johnson also said he agreed with the conservative author Dinesh D’Souza that “all that Islam has ever given us is oil and dead bodies over the last millennia and a half.”

…“The DHS Center for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships is driven by one simple, enduring, inspirational principle,” Mr. Johnson wrote on his account’s inaugural post eight months ago. “LOVE THY NEIGHBOR.”

Homeland Security Official Resigns Over Remarks on African-Americans and Muslims – The New York Times

Kelly appointed a bigot to an office in charge of outreach to minority groups. Sadly, this isn’t a surprise. At least he was outed and pushed out.

Opinion: Evangelical conservatives are proving their harshest critics right

Democrats accused Christian conservatives of being closet theocrats, seeking to impose Christianity on the country and refusing to accept, let alone embrace, American diversity. 

…That’s stunning to the many Americans who think the divine right of kings was what we fought against in the American Revolution. A God-chosen president can do no wrong, tell no lie, make no error. And that, it seems, has been the default setting for many of Trump’s most loyal supporters among the religious right.

The notion that lies don’t matter, that politics is akin to a religious mission, strikes many Americans as a scary repudiation of the Constitution’s establishment clause. 

…having lost on gay marriage, on legalized abortion and on cultural decay, now takes refuge in nativism, xenophobia and white grievance. For these evangelical figureheads, “us vs. them” has replaced a message of brotherly love and Christian charity.

Evangelical conservatives are proving their harshest critics right – The Washington Post