The religious liberty task force that Jeff Sessions has proposed is a worrying marriage of church and state that holds the rights of Christians above all others, suggests Tara Isabella Burton of Vox. After Sessions’ announcement, a Catholic archbishop talked, implying that LGBT couples shouldn’t be able to adopt children. The task force seems to be centered around the notion that Christianity is under attack in America, a provocative Republican talking point. In fact, the law has sided with Christian religious rights more often than not. It is not the government’s place to defend such rights, particularly at the cost of groups like the LGBT community.
Jeff Sessions’ proposal of a religious liberty task force is a positive development that has been unfairly criticized by much of the left, believes Alexandra Desanctis of National Review. Accusations that protecting religious liberty is somehow synonymous with eroding the rights of other groups are wrong. The task force would exist to protect religious organizations and people from being forced to act in ways that go against their beliefs. This happened several times under the Obama administration, which ignored the beliefs of employers. Far from only protecting Christians, this would be an effort to protect the religious rights of all Americans.