President Donald Trump’s administration is reportedly drafting a religious freedom executive order, protecting Christians who oppose same-sex marriage, contraception coverage, along with other protections preventing religious beliefs from being forcibly suppressed by the government. This action is believed to be similar to the “Religious Freedom Bill” signed by Vice President Mike Pence, when he served as the Governor of Indiana.
The action, “Establishing a Government-Wide Initiative to Respect Religious Freedom,” would increase religious freedom protections to ”any organization, including closely held for-profit corporations, operated for a religious purpose, even if its purpose is not exclusively religious.”
Unsurprisingly, this has triggered outrage among members of the liberal left and the radical LGBT community.
“This reported executive order, a draft of which has been shared in the media, would legalize sweeping discrimination against the LGBTQ community and could seriously undermine some of our most important progress of the past decade,” Zeke Stokes of GLAAD expressed in an email alert.
GLAAD continued to cite the effects of Trump’s potential executive order.
“If the reported order is signed, it could mean: Employers without penalty may fire an LGBTQ person from their job because of religious freedom. Child welfare and adoption services without penalty may deny LGBTQ couples the ability to adopt children. Schools without penalty may openly discriminate against LGBTQ teachers, faculty, and students. Government officials without penalty may deny LGBTQ people services – including county clerks who issue marriage licenses for couples. Businesses without penalty may deny LGBTQ people services…,” the email read.
This order would prevent cases such as where Christian bakers were forcibly required to bake same-sex wedding cakes, resulting in a complete draining of their bank accounts after state penalties.
This executive order is simply an affirmation of the First Amendment’s freedom of religion clause.