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Hate Group Takes Planned Victory Lap Following DOJ's Anti-LGBTQ 'Religious Freedom' Order

Friday Oct 6, 2017
What a difference a year makes.
What a difference a year makes.  (Source:AP )

Tony Perkins, leader of the anti-LGBTQ hate group Family Research Council, wasted no time taking what appears to be a well-rehearsed victory lap following the Friday announcement from the Department of Justice that opens the doors to anti-LGBTQ discrimination under the guise of religious liberty.

His group announced the launch of a hotline to assist those who wish to use the new DOJ guidelines to discriminate.

On Friday, AP reported that in a move clearly intended to make good on President Donald Trump's campaign pledge to evangelical supporters, the Department of Justice issued a memo instructing federal agencies to do as much as possible to accommodate people who have religious objections to LGBT rights. The new prolicy says the mere claim that someone's religious freedom was violated is enough to override many anti-discrimination protections for LGBT people, women and others.

And while news agencies like Associated Press clamored to get their stories live on the web, the anti-LGBTQ hate group Family Research Council was ready with a full statement and newly launched initiative that will make it easy for anti-LGBTQ individuals to back up claims that their "religious liberty" was infringed on by providing services.

Perkins wrote:

"President Trump and the Department of Justice are putting federal government agencies on notice: you will not only respect the freedom of every American to believe but live according to those beliefs. This is a freedom that has been a fundamental part of our society since the beginning of our nation."

"To aid the Trump administration's efforts in vigorously promoting and protecting religious liberty, Family Research Council today is launching a web hotline for those who believe that they have suffered discrimination at the hands of federal agencies based on their religious beliefs or practices. The 'Free to Believe' hotline will help ensure that no federal employee, contractor or citizen will be forced to choose between their faith and equal treatment by the federal government."

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