Trump’s Health and Human Services Nominee a Disaster for Religious Freedom, LGBT People, Women

On November 29, 2016 President-elect Donald Trump announced U.S. Representative Tom Price, of Georgia, as his nominee for Secretary of Health and Human Services. In response to this nomination, Amanda Knief, national public policy director of American Atheists, released the following statement.

“American Atheists again must sound the alarm on behalf of Americans concerned about the separation of religion from government as the incoming Trump Administration takes shape. By nominating Rep. Price to serve as Secretary of Health and Human Services, the President-elect is signaling that his administration will embrace the divisive rhetoric and disastrous policies of the religious right.

“Rep. Price is a co-sponsor of the so-called ‘First Amendment Defense Act’ (FADA), a bill that would give individuals, public businesses, healthcare providers, and even government employees the ability to essentially break any laws that conflict with their religious views on marriage or sex outside of marriage. This law would elevate religious dogma above civil rights laws and gut existing protections for LGBT people and women.

“Rep. Price’s extreme record on women’s healthcare is dangerous and rooted entirely in religious beliefs rather than science. He has sponsored legislation granting personhood rights to fetuses, attempted to ban abortions after 20 weeks, has backed allowing employers to fire workers who use birth control or have abortions, and has said that the provision of the Affordable Care Act that guarantees coverage for birth control ‘is a tramping of religious freedom and religious liberty in this country.’

“The continued re-definition of ‘religious liberty’ pushed by people such as Rep. Price has eroded the rights of LGBT people and women, and indeed all Americans, and American Atheists will continue to fight against any attempt to use religion as a weapon in public policy.”

  • Yes

    I was listening to ordinary radio not like internet silly stuff or anything else, plus most conservative Republican voters regularly listen to, Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, Mark Levin, and such, continually repeating the same lines, and those same country folks line of hearing, and plus imputing basically the same drilled words everyday affects them like coffee does to them, but I was looking to listening to crazy Clyde Lewis and if you know Clyde he is a paranormal Christian zealot sort of speak, but I heard this conservative talking before Clyde insisting the United States is a Christian country based upon Christianity, and I was really offended mostly because I know it’s not true. What I wanted to argue was there is in existence no government founded church, “Congress shall make no law respecting the establishment of religion” and reading the constitution there is not one scripture in the constitution, So I concluded the United States is really about freedom and liberty and not religion, Thomas Jefferson “We built a “wall of separation” between church and state to avoid conflict of interest” So this is the land of freedom where anyone’s religion is protected and they are free to do it and not dictated by one religion.
    So we still have those conservatives among us who are lost. Looking for the light.

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