BREAKING: Obama administration declares war on religious liberty (Liberty Counsel)


A newly released report by the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights attacks religious freedom and declares that religious liberty must be subordinated to civil rights laws. The report is a declaration of war against religious freedom.

The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights (USCCR) report, “Peaceful Coexistence: Reconciling Nondiscrimination Principles with Civil Liberties,” is a shocking example of the war against religious freedom in America. The recently released Commission’s report is a shameful anti-American and anti-God document that trashes religious freedom.

Martin Castro, named USCCR chairman by President Obama in 2011, says that the words “religious freedom” and “religious liberty” have become merely code words for intolerance, Christian supremacy, racism, sexism, homophobia, Islamophobia, and therefore must yield before LGBT anti-discrimination laws. Regarding sexual orientation and gender identity, this report also does not support those people who hold to the religious belief that marriage is reserved to one man and one woman as they provide services such as marriage licenses, photography, cake decorating or flower arranging.

The focus of the “Peaceful Coexistence” report states that granting religious exemptions to nondiscrimination laws “significantly infringes” on the civil rights of those claiming civil rights protections on the basis of “race, color, national origin, sex, disability status, sexual orientation and gender identity.” The report calls for laws that eliminate exemptions or accommodation for religious convictions.

Chairman Castro is out of touch with reality and with our Constitution. He and the other members of the Commission who agree with him want to throw out the First Amendment and trash religious freedom whenever faith and practice collides with an intolerant LGBT agenda. The report is literally a declaration of war against religious freedom. George Washington said anyone who works against the twin pillars of religion and morality cannot be called a ‘Patriot.’ This report is un-American.

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P.S. The Obama administration’s report issued by the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights is undeniably a declaration of war against religious freedom. At Liberty Counsel, we daily confront the administration’s high-handed assaults on the religious liberties of people of faith. Your generous support makes our work possible!