Friday, March 25, 2016

Ted Cruz' Council-of-Theocrats submits its proposals

Ted Cruz
Ted Cruz is probably not going to be the next President of the United States. Nevertheless, his Religious Liberty Advisory Council (chaired by none other than hate group leader Tony Perkins) has submitted its initial recommendations for an incoming administration. You can read the full document here but some highlights are in order:
Issue an Executive Order protecting persons from discrimination by the federal government on the basis of their view that marriage is between a man and a woman (this executive order could model the protections in the First Amendment Defense Act).

Call for passage of the First Amendment Defense Act.

Of course. In addition to individuals, FADA defines a “person” as just about any entity — for-profit and not-for-profit. Moreover, FADA protects people who simply believe that homosexuality is wrong. In sum, it is a federal license to discriminate.

Just how deliberately discriminatory can you be? Well, they answer that question:
Rescind Executive Order 13672, which had (without adequate religious exemptions) required certain federal contractors to not discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. In the alternative, create significantly larger and robust exemptions for religious organizations and businesses falling under the authority of Executive Order 13672.
Sure. Why not? After all, why shouldn't my tax dollars go to contractors who openly discriminate against me? Furthermore, exactly why is it necessary to discriminate in the first place? Don't NGOs have a fiduciary obligation to hire the best people? Even if, say, a food bank is run by a Christian organization, what difference does it make if their comptroller happens to be gay?

But we're not done. Let's create a Christian Nation™:
  • Rescind Executive Orders 13498 and 13559, which limit the types of partnerships the federal government can maintain with private faith-based groups.
  • Issue guidance through appropriate federal agencies regarding the constitutionality of monuments, memorials, and other public displays of faith.
  • Conduct a review of all federal agency guidance regarding Establishment Clause issues, and when appropriate, revise such guidance to set forth a policy of relying on the “coercion test” when interpreting constitutionality under the Establishment Clause.
  • Review and clarify existing Department of Education guidance on prayer at school to ensure it adequately explains the rights of students, teachers, and other school employees to live out their faith. Explain the legal difference between government speech and private speech in the public school setting.
  • Issue guidance through the Department of Education regarding the rights of students and teachers under the Equal Access Act.
The truly sad part of this is that if, by some miracle, Ted Cruz were to become president, he would probably go beyond these recommendations. 

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