Friday, February 03, 2017

Draft of new executive order seems designed to protect religious people from progress.

Courtesy of The Nation: 

A leaked copy of a draft executive order titled “Establishing a Government-Wide Initiative to Respect Religious Freedom,” obtained by The Investigative Fund and The Nation, reveals sweeping plans by the Trump administration to legalize discrimination. 

The four-page draft order, a copy of which is currently circulating among federal staff and advocacy organizations, construes religious organizations so broadly that it covers “any organization, including closely held for-profit corporations,” and protects “religious freedom” in every walk of life: “when providing social services, education, or healthcare; earning a living, seeking a job, or employing others; receiving government grants or contracts; or otherwise participating in the marketplace, the public square, or interfacing with Federal, State or local governments.” 

The draft order seeks to create wholesale exemptions for people and organizations who claim religious or moral objections to same-sex marriage, premarital sex, abortion, and trans identity, and it seeks to curtail women’s access to contraception and abortion through the Affordable Care Act.

Language in the draft document specifically protects the tax-exempt status of any organization that “believes, speaks, or acts (or declines to act) in accordance with the belief that marriage is or should be recognized as the union of one man and one woman, sexual relations are properly reserved for such a marriage, male and female and their equivalents refer to an individual’s immutable biological sex as objectively determined by anatomy, physiology, or genetics at or before birth, and that human life begins at conception and merits protection at all stages of life.”

In other words this order would repeal much of the progress made by the Obama administration, and once again allow Christian business owners to discriminate based on sexuality, gender, and lifestyle.

That would mean these fundamentalist Christians, Jews, and even Muslims, could use this order to deny adequate healthcare to women, kick gay students out of their private schools, and refuse to rent to any person, or persons, whose lifestyle they believed conflicted with their faith in some way.

It should be noted that this is still in a draft form, so it is by no means official. 

However based on everything that we have seen since Trump took office I have a high level of certainty that a lot of what is in this draft will find its way to the final executive order.


  1. Anonymous6:33 AM

    --POTUS refusing intel briefing again. Response: "Take the damn briefing! This is why we screwed the pooch in Yemen!"

    --POTUS & Bannon warned to never again say they R glad about an 8 year old child being killed in US military action, no matter her father.

  2. Anonymous6:41 AM

    In ‘Special Interest Giveaway’ Senate Republicans Kill Anti-Corruption Rule

    “One of the top priorities of President Trump and the Republican Congress was to allow oil and gas companies to cover up payments and bribes to foreign dictators"

    Under Trump Women’s Reproductive Rights Reeling Under Onslaught of Anti-Choice Bills

    Indiana SB 118 "Removes provisions allowing a pregnant woman to decline to view the fetal ultrasound imaging and hear the fetal heart tone."

  3. Anonymous6:44 AM

    Go right ahead, herr dRumpf. If WE THE PEOPLE can shut down your sexual desire's clothing line at Nordstrom's, we can put any of them out of business. Don't think we won't.

  4. Anonymous7:10 AM

    Now we know who is buying all the marijuana in AK:)

    There was a commenter here that seemed to be on top of this, who is the republican that might flip, that we can contact?
    Senate sets fight over Education Secretary for next week

    ... Republicans see DeVos as a champion of low-income children and local control of education.....

  5. Anonymous7:16 AM

    While the public's paying attention to some things, I really don't think they're paying attention to others. If they don't hear someone speak up who cuts to the chase on what has been going on in the White House/Congress, they don't learn what is happening. And Trump's diverting people from paying attention on their own to make sense of things. Today all the real attention is on the Iran sanctions. But late this week and today, so much has happened re deregulating in various ways. People hear the word "deregulate" and just shrug. They don't know the details about what this means environmentally and otherwise, and I've not heard any enviro people or congressional people out there in public drawing attention to this. This morn we saw Lardass sitting around with his economic advisors and the guy sitting next to Trump listed things they want to do and he kept saying that it's all about how much they care about the country, but right in the middle of his BS was that they are going after, hard, Dodd-Frank. Protections all across the board are being removed. WHERE THE HELL ARE THE DEM LEADERS' VOICES THIS WEEK???!!! Aside from anything said re Cabinet picks, they have not been out there. This is Friday and this weekend there could be loud protests pushing back against all the deregulating that has occurred this week and that is in the works, BUT NOT A SINGLE LOUD DEM VOICE is out there! And if Ralph Nader had any interest in getting off his high horse and making himself useful, his voice would be out there, too. The public easily understands some of what is happening and protests in response, but there is a lot going on right now that needs distilling and amplifying by people like Sanders and Warren and so many other Dems who can communicate to the public how all this week protections have been removed and more dismantling is in progress.

    1. Anonymous7:53 AM

      That's what I want to know.
      Where the hell are they????

    2. Anonymous8:08 AM

      GOP long game..."WEAR THEM OUT!"

    3. Anonymous9:21 AM

      Why don’t you come up with some ideas on how they can communicate with the public and send it to the Democrats?

      Or why don’t write to them and ask why they aren’t more vocal?

      I am being serious, not sarcastic.

  6. Anonymous7:16 AM

    Whenever republicans use the word freedom in the title beware, it usual means taking away your freedom, which is NOT what the government is suppose to do.

    If they want to discriminate using religion, they should lose their tax-exempt status also.

    1. Anonymous8:26 AM

      That could mean religious groups would become much more powerful political forces in American politics—and it would almost certainly tee up future COURT battles."< FOREWARNED!

  7. Anonymous7:17 AM

    Russia’s FSB announced Donald Trump was lifting sanctions before he did

    Earlier today, Donald Trump did what his most cynical skeptics predicted he would do: he lifted Russian sanctions without bothering to offer any justification. Worse, the sanctions he lifted applied directly to the FSB, the Russian government spy agency which helped rig the election in his favor. And to top it all off, the whole thing was apparently so thoroughly orchestrated by the Russian government that their own news agency broke the news before Trump even could.

    By lifting sanctions on Russia’s FSB, Donald Trump just proved he’s a Russian intel asset

    Many Americans were cynically expecting Donald Trump to unilaterally lift all U.S. sanctions on Russia once he took office, in order to pay back the rogue nation for having rigged the presidential election in his favor, and to keep Vladimir Putin from releasing the blackmail material he’s been allegedly holding on him. But instead today Trump did something a bit different, in a move which makes him look far more guilty: he’s only lifting sanctions specifically on the Russian government spy outfit which he appears to answer to.

    Trump’s White House invents Iranian attack on U.S. ship; Pentagon admits it never happened

    With the details of Donald Trump’s collusion with the Russian government now unfolding by the hour, including his lifting of sanctions today on the Russian FSB spy agency which rigged the election for him, it’s become clear that his aggressive theatrics toward other nations like Iran are merely a smokescreen. But what’s notable is that not only is Trump threatening to start a war with Iran in order to distract the public from this own Russian treason, he’s inventing imaginary attacks as justification.

    Impeach Trump Now

    Early this morning, right around the time news of his lifting of Russian FSB sanctions was leaking out, Donald Trump tweeted the following: “Iran has been formally PUT ON NOTICE for firing a ballistic missile. Should have been thankful for the terrible deal the U.S. made with them!” Put on notice? Is that like putting them in time-out? Trump’s kindergarten level rhetoric aside, the real trouble is that he’s trying to imply that Iran fired a missile at the United States. And then his faux-press secretary Sean Spicer took things even further into “alternative facts” territory when he announced that Iran had taken “actions that it took against our Navy vessel.” Wrong.

    Trump is a Russian patsy

    The Pentagon itself is now confirming that while there was an attack on a ship in the region, the attackers weren’t Iranians and the ship wasn’t American. In other words, Trump is trying to start a war with Iran based on fake news he invented which is essentially a war crime, and Spicer is complicit in his war crimes. But it gets worse.

  8. Anonymous7:21 AM

    Here are the guys to send questions about articles published, what are they doing about it:

    Sens. Graham, Whitehouse Announce Probe Of Russian Election Interference

    U.S. scrutiny of Russian meddling in the 2016 election gained momentum this week when the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime and Terrorism announced it would launch its own investigation of alleged election hacking.

    The move follows the Senate Intelligence Committee's announcement last month that it would investigate alleged election hacking by Russian intelligence agencies.

    Senate Judiciary Subcommittee Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Ranking Member Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) said in a joint statement Thursday that the investigation would focus on Russian efforts to influence elections “both here at home and abroad.”.....

  9. Anonymous7:22 AM

    This is some of what that asshole's econ advisory committee is doing. Goodbye to consumer protections. They say they are getting rid of bad rules. For example, a new one that was to protect retirees from being taken advantage of and losing their IRAs. Where are the Dems, and where the hell is Warren today--she should be going ballistic:

  10. Anonymous7:28 AM

    The author of Italian Fascism’s Empire Cinema argued that the president and his team were intentionally generating “confusion and chaos” with a quick succession of executive orders, especially a controversial ban on travelers from some predominantly Muslim nations.

    Ben-Ghiat called these “shock events,” which she argued were intended to disorient and disrupt Americans and the political system to help Trump consolidate his power. Conway, the president’s campaign manager, applauded the chaotic implementation of the immigration ban, celebrated Trump’s orders as “breathtaking” and warned “get used to it. @POTUS is a man of action and impact … Shock to the system. And he’s just getting started.”

    1. Anonymous7:57 AM

      DENY, DIVERT attention and spread DOUBT.

  11. Anonymous7:28 AM

    I saw Jared Kushner at that economic meeting. I thought I saw Ivanka there in a black dress. Can anyone verify that she was there?

  12. Anonymous7:30 AM


    1. Anonymous8:27 AM

      Nordstrom Stopped Carrying Ivanka Trump Because No One Was Buying It

  13. Anonymous7:30 AM

    This order is the real gay agenda. Everyone of those frustrated, furious closeted gay men in power right now, led by Trump, wants to make all those gay feelings go away and stop bothering them. And boy do they hate women.

    1. Anonymous10:26 AM

      BINGO! YOU GOT THAT RIGHT! DISH it out girls>

      Nasty women ARE going to take on Odious, little dick, 'dirty'-buddy boyz, on the low down' men.


    2. Anonymous11:09 AM

      Nasty women unite.

    3. Anonymous11:19 AM

      and Love 'Golden $hower$'.

  14. Anonymous7:31 AM

    As important as the immigration ban is, the public really needs to wake up to all the other shit Trump's pulling. At this point, I wouldn't be surprised if he's glad that everyone's attention is still just on the ban.

    1. Anonymous8:23 AM

      It's harder and harder to tell which is the shiny object and which is the threat we're ignoring. That's the goal: confusion, chaos and fear.

    2. Anonymous10:30 AM

      @8:23 "That's the goal: confusion, chaos and fear." aka
      DIVERT attention, DENY and spread DOUBT.

  15. Anonymous7:41 AM


  16. Anonymous7:45 AM

    Trump: We’re Gutting Dodd-Frank Because My Friends Can’t Get Loans (VIDEO)

    “We expect to be cutting a lot out of Dodd-Frank, because frankly I have so many people, friends of mine, that have nice businesses and they can’t borrow money,” he continued. “They just can’t get any money because the banks just won’t let them borrow because of the rules and regulations in Dodd-Frank. So we'll be talking about that in terms of the banking industry.”

    1. Anonymous8:56 AM

      Maybe his friends can’t get loans because they are high risk con artists like trump.

  17. Anonymous7:49 AM

    I was in Salvation Army the other day, well aware it is a Christian organization. However, in between the Christian muzak there seemed to be promotion of some network of Christian stores so people can choose where to shop ( or not, as the case may be.) Further effort to promote tribalism and discrimination. Does anyone know more about this?

    1. Anonymous9:23 AM

      I don't but I stopped donating anything to the SA when I realized that anyone they "help' has to attend services and accept Jesus Christ. I now donate all our stuff to Goodwill, which is not religious and helps people who need help get jobs.

  18. Anonymous7:50 AM

    drumpf is a "wannabe" loved by you...

    1. Anonymous8:48 AM

      Howard Stern: “I told him that because I actually think this is something that is going to be detrimental to his mental health too, because he wants to be liked, he wants to be loved. He wants people to cheer for him."

  19. Anonymous7:52 AM

    Here are the guys to send questions about articles published, what are they doing about it:

    Sens. Graham, Whitehouse Announce Probe Of Russian Election Interference

    U.S. scrutiny of Russian meddling in the 2016 election gained momentum this week when the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime and Terrorism announced it would launch its own investigation of alleged election hacking.

    The move follows the Senate Intelligence Committee's announcement last month that it would investigate alleged election hacking by Russian intelligence agencies.

    Senate Judiciary Subcommittee Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Ranking Member Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) said in a joint statement Thursday that the investigation would focus on Russian efforts to influence elections “both here at home and abroad.”.....

  20. Anonymous7:54 AM

    Uh-Oh: Does Donald Trump Know How to Read?

  21. Anonymous7:56 AM

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    Opening Remarks
    Stability Is Good for Business. Trump’s Whims Threaten It
    One weekend came close to undoing the firm legal foundation on which U.S. business has thrived.
    by Matt Levine
    February 2, 2017, 2:00 AM PST
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    How Trump’s Whims Threaten Business Stability
    Many listened to Trump and cheerily assumed he’d do something completely different

  22. Anonymous8:00 AM

    Bowling Green Massacre

    1. Anonymous8:04 AM

      Kellyanne Conway Plays the Victim of Media Bullying for Inventing Massacre

      Kellyanne Conway got caught – and mocked – for inventing a massacre by two Iraqi men on Chris Matthews’ “Hardball” last night and she’s now playing the innocent victim for her employment of alternate facts.

      Her first tweet employed a news report that turned out to be inaccurate:

      ...Clearly, Kellyanne Conway takes her example from Trump, with a persecution complex and an imaginary self-image so far out of whack that it can scarce be comprehended. Her unhinged and far from gracious rants demanding Trump’s critics be fired, are near as epic as her boss’s.

      Kellyanne Conway got caught lying, and lying big, and rather than praising her imaginary class and self-image, she ought to be issuing a mea culpa and apologizing for her frequent use of “alternate facts” as an excuse for Donald Trump’s inexcusable actions.

    2. Anonymous8:30 AM

      I don't know why they interview the bitch! She is horrible to watch - talks constantly - talks over the interviewer and is boring as Hell - plus, she's physically unattractive.

      Take her OFF TV folks - that would be the best present given to America!

  23. Anonymous8:01 AM

    Trump Busted In Big Lie As Government Admits In Court 100,000+ Impacted By Muslim Ban

    The Trump White House was lying when they claimed that a few people or hundreds were impacted by President Trump Executive Order Muslim ban. The government admitted in court that the real number of visas that have been revoked is 100,000+.

    ...White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer told MSNBC, “Three hundred and twenty-five thousand people flew into this country from airports and 109 people were affected and slowed down in their travel. I understand that is an inconvenience, but at the end of the day that is a small price to pay as opposed to somebody losing their life because a terrorist attack was admitted.”

    It is now known that the Trump administration left out the hundreds of thousands of legal immigrants who had their visas revoked under this Executive Order.

    The statements made in court on Friday serve as proof that nothing this administration says should be taken at face value. The Muslim ban is impacting more people than the Trump administration is publicly admitting, which is why the American must continue to fight for and demand the truth.

  24. Anonymous8:08 AM

    The Boycott Worked: Nordstrom Stops Carrying Ivanka Trump Junk

  25. Anonymous8:09 AM

    House Kills Obama Gun Rule That Keeps Guns Out Of The Hands Of The Mentally Ill

  26. Anonymous8:12 AM

    Congress’s repeal of Obama methane rule will cost taxpayers hundreds of millions
    Repealing the methane rule will waste $330 million in taxpayer-owned natural gas and cost.

    It’s official. Congress has rolled back two Obama-era rules that curbed pollution and corruption.
    A third is on tap for next week.

    Trump will roll back Obama rule that protected retirees from getting bilked by their advisers

    Trump also plans to sign an executive order paving the way to dismantle financial regulations.

  27. Anonymous8:14 AM

    Thankfully, the Atlantic is drawing attn to how Trump has been blaming Obama for his shit all week. And I was also glad to see tweets today again stating that Obama was not part of that Yemen debacle. Biden's own right hand man made such a statement yesterday, but this morn Trump's people were right back to involving Obama in Yemen. Now, Obama himself has got to step up and speak. He needs to end the silence and being respectful when Trump deserves no respect. And he really ought to make a statement re how all hos policies protecting Americans are being rolled back. Forget giving Trump's admin any more respect--he needs to speak up. And at this point, the Clintons should. Trump is quickly getting rid of all our/the planet's our protections:

  28. Anonymous8:14 AM

    WATCH: 20 lies the Trump administration told this week

    They just kept coming…

    From claiming the Muslim ban is “working out nicely” to making up terrorist attacks, the Trump administration kept the lies coming this week.

    Watch the video above to see all 20. And check out this second installment of our new weekly series, “This Week in Trump’s America,” to get a comprehensive roundup of Trump’s second week in office.

  29. Anonymous8:18 AM

    Donald Trump tried to punish ‘sanctuary cities.’ It’s backfiring.

    More cities have joined the movement since his executive order.

    The threats appear to be backfiring. Since Trump’s election in November, nearly a dozen cities and counties — from progressive California to deep-red Alabama — have voted to adopt sanctuary city policies. Several more cities and an entire state are considering the move. Some cities that have long held sanctuary status are taking Trump to court, while others are creating legal defense funds and taking other measures to protect undocumented residents.

    “We are not going to work with [Trump]. We’re not going to make it easy on him.”

    “When we saw that visitors to our community and our nation were under attack by this unjust position and order that the president has made, we wanted people to know that he does not speak for us,” said Jonathan Austin, the president of the Birmingham City Council, which voted unanimously this week to become a sanctuary city. “We need to be a city that’s welcoming and a sanctuary to everyone, regardless of who they are.”

    Speaking from the other side of the country, City Council member Sal Tinajero in Santa Ana, California told ThinkProgress his city voted to declare itself a sanctuary as a direct response to Trump’s election.

    “The impact it was having on our families, on the psyche of our kids going to school, they were afraid of what was going to happen,” he said. “We knew we had to take action before the president took his oath of office.”

  30. Anonymous8:23 AM

  31. Anonymous8:25 AM

    The New Yorker will mark its 92nd anniversary later this month with a stark cover it said was in response to the opening weeks of the presidency of Donald Trump.

    The Feb. 13-20 cover features the light of the Statue of Liberty snuffed out:

    “It used to be that the Statue of Liberty, and her shining torch, was the vision that welcomed new immigrants. And, at the same time, it was the symbol of American values,” cover artist John W. Tomac told the magazine. “Now it seems that we are turning off the light.”

    1. Anonymous9:46 AM

      "Schneiderman, though, effectively leads a law firm of more than 650 lawyers, one with a two-decade tradition of taking its fights national. Now he faces an administration in Washington that is not just “pro-fraud,” as former Maine Attorney General James Tierney put it, but one helmed by someone very used to using the courts to get his way. “He’s not playing hide the ball,”
      " A Democratic official turned to one of Schneiderman’s aides and said: “I guess it’s going to be up to you guys now.” The attorney general demurred, saying he doubted that anything related to Trump’s foundation or his university would rise to the level of “high crimes and misdemeanors.”

      “There are a lot of reports of egregious acts he’s taken in the course of his business: his sexual assaults and other things—that’s all fair game,”
      “It’s a New Yorker thing—the brashness, the sharp elbows,” said an aide to another attorney general. “It’s hard not to notice the atmospherics when he takes on Trump.”“We are facing a crisis, not over conservative or liberal, but a crisis over whether or not the rule of law is respected or not, over whether the Constitution is respected or not"

  32. Anonymous8:55 AM

    Let’s see $3million after only doing two weeks of work,all of it destructive!!

    Very expensive, we should ask for a refund, not getting our money’s worth.

    Trump’s Mar-a-Lago getaway could cost taxpayers more than $3 million

    The president regularly hassled Obama for his travel. Now Trump is about to get a taste of his own medicine.

    President Donald Trump’s trip to his luxury resort in Mar-a-Lago this weekend could saddle taxpayers with a bill upward of $3 million and is already drawing the type of scrutiny Trump and other Republicans regularly heaped upon former President Barack Obama.
    Trump’s multimillion-dollar trip, which comes just two weeks into his presidency, shows that Trump is not shy about engaging in the same type of jet-setting that he and other Republicans heavily criticized Obama for throughout his presidency.

    “The habitual vacationer, @BarackObama, is now in Hawaii. This vacation is costing taxpayers $4 milion +++ while there is 20% unemployment,” Trump wrote on Twitter in December 2011 (when the unemployment rate was actually 8.5 percent).

    “President @BarackObama's vacation is costing taxpayers millions of dollars——Unbelievable!” Trump opined again on Twitter a few days later.

    That July, he took aim at the first lady: “With 15% US real unemployment and a 16T debt, @Michelle Obama's luxurious Aspen vacation - her 16th - cost us over $1M.” (The unemployment rate at the time was actually 8.2 percent.)

    But now, as Trump is setting off on his own working vacation to his “winter White House,” he is getting a taste of his own medicine......

  33. Anonymous8:57 AM

    How much is the Red Cross paying the trump organization for the facilities to host an event to raise money for people trampled by donnie?

    Donald Trump Will Raise Money For Refugees Hurt By Donald Trump

    ..... You see, the International Red Cross Ball will be held Saturday at Trump’s Mar-A-Lago, and the “president” will be at it, as will Melon Trump, and they will have their own table, which we’re sure they donated lots of their own moneys to get, uh huh ayup you bet. Isn’t that nice?....

  34. Anonymous9:57 AM

    Where in the GD bible does it say one word about transgendered people?

  35. Anonymous10:06 AM

    Fuck Yaall...

  36. Anonymous11:07 AM

    "“I have a foreboding of an America in my children’s or grandchildren’s time — when the United States is a service and information economy; when nearly all the key manufacturing industries have slipped away to other countries; when awesome technological powers are in the hands of a very few, and no one representing the public interest can even grasp the issues;
    "unable to distinguish between what FEELS good and whats TRUE, we slide, almost without noticing, back into superstition and darkness.”<1995
    "people in the women’s march just in Washington, D.C. will probably contest that they know how to “knowledgeably question those in authority.”< HOPEFULLY TRUE.

    "also known how to recognize bullshit when it lands right on your face." aka 'up in your grill'.

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  38. Anonymous2:51 PM

    Djt the idiot in chief, should deport the 27 yr old pos who attack the elderly. He could deport all the crazies!

  39. Anonymous5:07 PM

    Idiot in chief, wants to have a supreme court judge, but is not following judges on rulings. What a very crazy mentally ill fat disgusting arse with his secret order.
    He needs to be impeached, effing pos.


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