Trump’s sacred religious family values

The hypocritical rat has done it.

The Trump administration announced on Thursday that it was expanding religious freedom protections for doctors, nurses and other health care workers who object to performing procedures like abortion and gender reassignment surgery, satisfying religious conservatives who have pushed for legal sanctuary from the federal government.

The new steps, which include the creation of an oversight entity within the Department of Health and Human Services called the Conscience and Religious Freedom Division, are the latest efforts by President Trump to meet the demands of one of his most loyal constituencies. They coincide with Mr. Trump’s planned address on Friday to abortion opponents at the annual March for Life in Washington.

Eric D. Hargan, the acting secretary of health and human services, said that the creation of the new civil rights unit carried out an executive order issued last year by Mr. Trump, who said that religious people would no longer be “bullied by the federal government because of their religious beliefs.”

Cool. So if their religious beliefs tell them they have to whip their children for disobedience and anything else they consider wicked, Trump would protect them too? He thinks religious people should not be subject to any laws if their religious beliefs don’t match the laws?

How about that interesting couple in California who’ve been starving and torturing their many children for years? If they have a Religious Belief that they get to do that, does Trump think ok then?

Social conservatives said the new unit would be a bulwark of religious liberty.

“President Trump’s promises are becoming a reality,” said Tony Perkins, the president of the Family Research Council. “Americans should not be forced to choose between their faith and their desire to help patients.”

But they don’t desire to help patients if they think those patients are doing something a church doesn’t like. They’re not campaigning to be allowed to help patients, they’re campaigning to be allowed to refuse to help patients. If they have a desire to help patients then why are they so eager to be able to refuse to do so?

Outside the religious conservative movement, the recent moves have won little applause.

Fatima Goss Graves, the president of the National Women’s Law Center, a research and advocacy group, said that, far from protecting religious liberty, the new unit would protect health workers who “use their religious or moral beliefs to deny patients care.”

My point exactly. Let us hear no more about the refuseniks’ desire to help patients.

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