Take Immediate Action to Support Religious Liberty!
|Target Name||Target Organization|
|Attn: Attorney General Jeff Sessions||(Department of Justice Civil Division)|
|DOJ Civil Rights Division||(Department of Justice)|
After repeated promises to people of faith that his administration would do "everything in its power to protect religious liberty in our land," President Donald Trump has now twice backed away from issuing an Executive Order meaningfully protecting Christians and other faithful citizens against discrimination. Rather than tackle the issue himself, President Trump has instead punted to the Department of Justice where Attorney General Jeff Sessions has been charged with the responsibility of developing rules to protect the religious liberty rights of individuals and groups.
The threats to the religious liberty rights of people and groups who believe in traditional marriage, the sanctity of human life and the truth of gender are numerous and severe. Christian colleges and universities risk losing their accreditation for not accepting the LGBT agenda. Faith based adoption agencies have closed because they believe a child deserves a mother and a father. Churches and religious groups are subjected to discrimination by the government for failure to change their beliefs, prevented from receiving grants or government contracts for providing services to people in need. And Christian schools, ministries and charities can be prevented from making hiring decisions consistent their faith beliefs.
It is imperative that the religious liberty rights of people and groups who hold traditional viewpoints about marriage, life, gender and human sexuality be protected so that no American is forced by the government to sacrifice their religious beliefs in order to avoid being targeted by the government. Please sign our Petition to Attorney General Sessions demanding that he draft comprehensive, robust rules that will fully protect the right of people of faith to subscribe to traditional moral principles without risk of governmental retribution.
Protect Religious Liberty, Our Most Sacred Freedom
Dear Attorney General Sessions:
President Donald J. Trump has repeatedly promised the American people that he would vigorously protect the religious liberty of people of faith. These promises were a critical factor in his election as president and the overwhelming majority he won among Evangelicals and other faith voters. This past January, he said at the National Prayer Breakfast that, "My administration will do everything in its power to defend and protect religious liberty in our land."
While the Executive Order signed by President Trump contains some modest protections for pastors and religious medical providers, it fundamentally fails to protect the religious liberty rights of individuals and groups who hold traditional viewpoints on marriage, life, gender and similar issues. As a result, individuals and faith-based charitable groups including adoption agencies and social service providers, as well as Christian colleges and universities and a myriad of other faith-based organizations and individuals are at risk of having to choose between abandoning their religious principles in compliance with demands of the federal government to adopt policies that violate their deeply-held beliefs, or keep their principles intact and give up benefits, contracts, funding and engagements with the government.
We expect President Trump to keep his repeated promises to the American people to fully protect the religious liberty rights of people of faith. He has now charged you with that task and given you the responsibility of crafting rules for the federal government to ensure that religious liberty is protected for people of faith and faith-based groups.
We call on you to develop comprehensive, robust legal protections covering the myriad of areas where religious liberty rights have been compromised or threatened, especially with regard to beliefs about marriage, gender and the sanctity of human life.
These protections are imperative for people of faith and faith-based groups to be able to participate in society as full and equal citizens, free to live out their beliefs without fear of governmental retribution just as those who hold contrary viewpoints are able to do. Fully protecting religious liberty takes away nothing from any citizen or group. The failure to develop these comprehensive and robust religious liberty legal protections will constitute an abandonment of a central series of promises by President Trump to people of faith and faith-based groups.
Thank you for your support of religious liberty and the right of all Americans to have their faith-based viewpoints respected and protected, and to be treated fairly by the government.