Will Trump Liberate Christians from Obama’s Lawless Legacy?

By Maggie Gallagher Published on February 2, 2017

With the nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch, Trump has fulfilled one of his central campaign promises, which 1 in 5 voters said was the most important issue: appoint Scalia-like judges to the Supreme Court.

Skeptics like me were wrong on this. Trump’s judicial appointment is a cause for celebration, and it will pay dividends for generations to come.

Obama decisions still stand that threaten the liberties of traditional religious believers with federal lawsuits that could cripple church institutions.

What we don’t know yet is whether Trump will use his power to overturn key Obama decisions that threaten the liberties of traditional religious believers with federal lawsuits that could cripple church institutions. The signs this week were troubling: the mere rumor that Trump was considering signing an executive order on religious liberty produced an LGBT backlash large enough the Trump administration felt obliged to announce it would not repeal Pres. Obama’s executive order adding Gender Identity to the list of protected characteristics for the federal government and contractors who do business with it. (The original executive order banning sexual orientation discrimination was issued by Pres. Clinton and not revoked by Pres. Bush.)

“President Donald J. Trump is determined to protect the rights of all Americans, including the LGBTQ community,” the White House said in a statement. “The executive order signed in 2014, which protects employees from anti-LGBTQ workplace discrimination while working for federal contractors, will remain intact.”

Rewriting the Civil Rights Act by Presidential Whim to Threaten Christians

Worse than this executive order was Obama’s decision to stack the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission with commissioners supporting the radical position that the Civil Rights Act’s ban on sex discrimination actually includes sexual orientation and gender identity — a novel theory which Eric Holder announced on Dec. 18, 2014, retroactively reading into that 1964 law the latest trends in liberal social activism.

This creative interpretation of law bypassed for Democrats the need to actually pass federal LGBT protections in Congress — which to pass, would have to include substantive religious liberty protections. Since gay activists oppose such protections, they rely instead on Obama’s executive end-run around Congress. Will Trump will leave that end-run in place? Believers need to know.

Already a Catholic school in Georgia has been told by the EEOC that it may not fire a teacher for entering a gay marriage.  If “informal” means of conciliation were not successful, the EEOC threatened to sue the school or issue a “right to sue” letter to the plaintiff. The school settled, rather than fight, helping the EEOC establish legal precedents for use in the future.

The Obama administration extended its law-bending theory to every federal law banning sex discrimination in housing and education, leading it to warn public schools that they may lose federal funding if they fail to permit biological males who identify as female to shower with girls. Eleven states have challenged that ruling. One of Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ first tests, if he is confirmed, is to repudiate in court Obama’s novel legal theories and restore each state’s right to make decisions on how to reconcile protecting transgender students and the ordinary privacy rights of girls.

How can Pres. Trump respond? Two important positions on the EEOC are now vacant: general counsel and one commissioner. A second commissioner’s term ends in July 2017.  These are appointments of grave importance to the future of religious liberty in the United States.

We need several new jurists of the Neil Gorsuch stamp to be appointed as general counsel and EEOC commissioner. Personnel is politics, and whom Pres. Trump appoints to these key positions is far more important than most believers recognize. The 1964 Civil Rights Act which gave birth to the EEOC does not speak to sexual orientation discrimination but it does guarantee religious liberty.

Secondly, the Trump Justice Department can reverse the position Obama’s team is taking in pending litigation that laws designed to protect women against sex discrimination are now weapons that can be wielded by the LGBT activists against Christian charities, schools, universities, and ministries, as well as public schools.

Bottom line: If the Trump administration is unwilling to take the heat that will come from restoring the EEOC and the 1964 Civil Rights Act to their original mission, believers are in trouble. Those with influence within the administration need to call attention to these important steps.

 

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  • Tom Rath

    Don’t forget that Trump once said he would support adding sexual orientation as a protected class under the CRA.

    • Gary

      That would be immoral, and unconstitutional.

      • stan schmunk

        Not unconstitutional. Have you read it lately?

  • Clark

    It’s amazing to me that Maggie thinks hers is the only religion, that gay people and those who don’t hate them aren’t religious, or that practicing her religion includes the right to discriminate against gay people. Maggie has created an entire career around opposing the rights of gay people to simply exist and be free from harassment. How sad that career is.

    • Gary

      Christianity requires Christians to discriminate against lgbtq. But, you don’t have to be a Christian if you don’t want to.

      • stan schmunk

        Scripture doesn’t require anything of the sort in the NT. But the OT requires homosexuals and adulterers to be stoned to death. Is that what you believe?

    • Irene Neuner

      Clark as a Christian mother I need to be free to keep my children away from people who defy natural and supernatural law.

    • Jeannie

      Clark, Catholicism does not discriminate against gay people. Catholicism embraces all peoples as we are made in the image of God. People who refer to themselves as “Gay People” have chosen to identify themselves as people who engage in a life style/behavior that defies God.
      I resent that the children in California are being forced by the educational system to view this behavior as moral and acceptable. As a nurse who worked in the beginnings of the Aids movement in S.F. ,when it was just being diagnosed, I saw first hand what a DEAD END lifestyle it was. In fact, I have seen many deaths in my career and those young men who died of Aids were the worst. JOSEPH SCIAMBRA is someone you might want to check out.

      • iprazhm

        That’s because Catholicism does not follow the teachings of Christ and is not Christian. Catholics worship Mary and confess their sins to a priest. The opposite of Christ’s teachings.

        • Jeannie

          Catholics don’t worship Mary. You might want to read about what Catholicism is.

          • iprazhm

            They pray to Mary. The definition of worshiping a deity is praying to them. There’s a reason you don’t pray to your mailman or your tax collector. They are not seen as deities.

          • Jeannie

            Mary is the Mother of Jesus Christ. She intercedes on our behalf to Him as any mother does to a father for a child.

          • iprazhm

            That’s not in the bible, anywhere. It’s something Catholics added. We are given fair warning to neither add nor take away from the words of the book;

            “Ye shall not add unto the word which I command you, neither shall ye diminish ought from it, that ye may keep the commandments of the LORD your God which I command you.” Deuteronomy 4:2

            “And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.” Revelation 22:19

            “Every word of God is pure: he is a shield unto them that put their trust in him. Don’t add to His words, or He will rebuke you, and you will be proved a liar.” Proverbs 30:5,6

          • stan schmunk

            Not true by any means. The Scripture teaches the opposite.

    • iprazhm

      The god of sodomites is satan. The holy bible says that homosexuality is an abomination to God.
      A-B-O-M-I-N-A-T-I-O-N = a thing that causes disgust or hatred. synonyms: atrocity, disgrace, horror, obscenity, outrage, evil, crime, monstrosity, anathema, bane
      a feeling of hatred. synonyms: detestation, loathing, hatred, aversion, antipathy, revulsion, repugnance, abhorrence, odium, execration, disgust, horror, hostility

      • stan schmunk

        The Bible and God’s Law have no standing in our Constitution. Read it sometime.

    • Irene Neuner

      Opposition isn’t equivalent to hatred. Disgust of a certain behavior, like homosexuality, likewise doesn’t equal hatred. I hate many things that my beloved and darling children do but I love them deeply as I do not tolerate when they do something hurtful to themselves or others.

      Forcing or attacking a Christian to work for (the florist and the cake maker) or employ or not speak their beliefs (in churches and in schools) does go against the first amendment.

      The 1st amendment at the same time protects homosexuals in that it doesn’t allow Islamic law which calls for punishment of homosexual acts.

      Praise God people who do things that he hates are forgiven through our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ however we are called to stop our sinful actions and Praise God we are given a helper to give us the strength to actually do it.

  • Gary

    All anti-discrimination laws are immoral, violate the 1st Amendment, and most also violate the 13th Amendment. The liberal courts won’t require the laws to comport with the Constitution. I hope Trump will take action to undo the wrongs that Obama did.

  • iprazhm

    No he will not. He has emphatically come out on the side of homosexuals, since being sworn in. You cannot defend the imaginary special rights of those who’ve engaged in a war to destroy Christian’s rights, and defend Christians at the same time. It has to be one or the other, and he has chosen.

    • NoUsurpers

      Neil Gorsuch objected to military recruiters when he was in college, because the military used to screen out homosexuals as incompatible w/ military service. The homosexual lobby intends to run devout Christians who are wedding service providers out of business if they decline to service gay weddings– will Neil Gorsuch side with the persecuted– or with the persecutors? How do you protect religious freedom rights of devout Christians in such instances if you embrace homosexual rights and give them protected status? Where does Gorsuch stand on gay marriage/gay adoption??- apparently we don’t know yet….

      • iprazhm

        The only thing I can find is that Gorsuch is an Episcopalian. This is that church’s stance on homosexuality;

        Since 1971 they ordained women priests – since 2003 elected homosexuals as bishops and in 2015, they codified theological support for same-sex marriage. That is pagan, not Christian. They left God and His word decades ago. Reference: Stances of Faiths on LGBTQ Issues: Episcopal Church – The Human Rights Campaign

        • NoUsurpers

          It is my understanding that Gorsuch attends a very liberal Episcopalian church known for social activism (and pro-gay). A friend sent a piece written by Susan Springer, rector of St. John’s Episcopal Church in Logan (Gorsuch’s church) entitled Episcopalians don’t share LDS view on homosexuality. Of course that doesn’t mean Gorsuch agrees w/ the rector.

          • iprazhm

            Disturbing and definitely worth consideration. Unfortunately we’ll probably once again have to wait and see.

          • Gary

            If he doesn’t agree, why does he attend there? Birds of a feather usually flock together.

          • NoUsurpers

            Some people do go to church b/c friends attend or parents were congregants. I’m inclined to believe you choose a church because you like the sermons and agree with the minister- not because you like the stained glass windows or because it’s only a mile from your house. Gorsuch needs to be asked about his views.

  • The_Christian

    This will sound pessimistic, but evidence would suggest it is true; devout Christians are a minority in the US and therefore do not have the “political clout” once held and don’t “exercise” the clout they do have!. Although a slight majority of those polled will say they are Christian, and they may well be, that is not for me to judge, but those who are devout followers of the teaching of Christ are a definite minority. Church attendance is one indicator not to be ignored. We in the church sometimes speak of the Easter and Christmas Christians! Christian church bodies have a problem in separating “belief in and practice of” a queer sexual lifestyle. Many of our mainline churches no longer teach sexual purity and many openly accept that lifestyle as normal. Some of these denominations ordain ministers, elders, bishops, etc. who are actively engaged in a alternate sexual lifestyle; that includes some Baptists, Methodists, Presbyterian. Lutheran, etc. Many devout Christians remain silent on the issue out of concern that it may offend.

    All of that said, to suggest the struggle for Christian religious freedom is now and will continue to be a hard fought battle!

  • Kyle

    I believe that as a Christian we should welcome all for it says honor thy neighbor and it never stated that marriage was just female and male but it does state honor thy neighbor and honor thy mother and father so I pray Trump doesn’t chang e the law on the lgbtq laws in school and everything else

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