President Creates New, Special Rights of Religion – Even for Federally-Funded Organizations
At Thursday’s National Day of Prayer event in the Rose Garden at the White House President Donald Trump bragged to the faithful that thanks to him new conscience rights protections have been implemented today for “for physicians, pharmacists, nurses, teachers, students and faith-based charities.”
Those “conscience rights” actually are designed to allow medical and education professionals, charities, and others, to refuse service to, and refuse to work with or do business with those people they hold a religious or moral objection to.
Among the Americans who will be discriminated against by the President’s new regulations are LGBTQ people, women seeking abortions, women seeking contraception products and services (even if not for abortion), same-sex couples, unmarried couples, and others.
Same-sex couples, married or not, who wish to adopt a child can, under the President’s order, be refused by faith-based charities – even federally-funded non-profits – if they say doing so would violate their religious or moral beleifs.
Pharmacists can refuse to fill legal prescriptions from a woman’s doctor for contraceptions or “abortion pills,” even if medically necessary to treat other, life-threatening conditions having nothing to do with abortion.
“According to an earlier draft from the Department of Health and Human Services, the rule would require that hospitals, universities, clinics and other institutions that receive funding from federal programs certify that they comply with some 25 federal laws protecting conscience and religious rights,” the Associated Press reports. “Some critics fear the rule could become a pretext for denying medical care to LGBT people.”
“They’ve been wanting to do that for a long time,” the president boasted, as the crowd of religious leaders and other invited guests cheered and applauded.
“Right, Mike?” the president asked, motioning to Vice President Pence. “They’ve been wanting to do that for a long time. Happened today.”
TRUMP: "Today we finalized new protections of conscience rights for physicians, pharmacists, nurses, teachers, students and faith-based charities." (The subtext is that physicians will be able to discriminate against LGTBQ people.) pic.twitter.com/9JI5nbw7va
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) May 2, 2019
LAX customs officer calls journalist ‘fake news’ and demands to know if he works for CNN or MSNBC: report
On Thursday, Empire Magazine's James Dyer stated in a Twitter thread that he was stopped by a customs official while arriving at Los Angeles International Airport, aggressively interrogated about his journalistic career, and accused of being "fake news":
Wow. Just... wow. Just went through LAX immigration. Presented my journalist visa and was stopped by the CBP agent and accused of being part of the ‘fake news media’.
— James Dyer (@jamescdyer) August 22, 2019
‘He does not belong in this office’: Ron Reagan says Trump ‘has been crazy because he is crazy’
The son of Republican President Ronald Reagan blasted President Donald Trump on MSNBC on Tuesday.
Ron Reagan, Jr. was interviewed on "Hardball" by Chris Matthews.
The host recounted Trump's attacks on Denmark after they said Greenland was not for sale.
"He wants to fight with everybody, including the quiet, American-loving Danes. What’s up?" Matthews asked.
"Well, it’s craziness, but I take a little umbrage at this idea that we have to ascribe it to something like the economy or his anxiousness about re-election. He’s acting the way he’s acting because he is who he is and what he is," Reagan replied.
Trump may look unstable now — but the economy is going to make him much worse: CNN’s April Ryan
On Thursday's edition of CNN's "OutFront," analyst and American Urban Radio Network Washington bureau chief April Ryan walked through how President Donald Trump backed himself into a corner by trying to build his brand on a great economy — and is coming to pieces as a result.
"April, what are you hearing? Is the economy causing the president's erratic behavior?" asked anchor Kate Bolduan.
"Yes, yes, and yes," said Ryan. "This president has been touting a great economy, and this is the cornerstone since I guess since the very beginning of his administration for people to feel that he should win re-election, that he is firmly planted for the American public and he's working for them," said Ryan. "But indicators, non-traditional indicators, are saying something different. He is having a hard time trying to marry the great economy with what it looks like for the American public, particularly the grassroots."