ATTY. General Gonzalas Using Office to Promote Christianity
Controversial Attorney General Alberto Gonzales has started a project to "protect" religious liberties. Any secularist who can read between the lines knows that this is a euphanism for promoting Christianity (a right-wing form of it) judging by the administration he "serves at the pleasure of." His "First Freedom Project" only validates those who already believe they are a persecuted minority when the reality is just the opposite---it is non-believers, liberals, and any person of non-conservative christian faith that is the persecuted minority:
Taking Lead from Religious Right, Justice Dept. Civil Rights Focused on Religion, Not Race
In February, Attorney General Alberto Gonzales unveiled what he called the First Freedom Project, to expand on the Justice Department’s “extensive record of achievement” in the area of “religious freedom laws.” Gonzales described the department’s work on religion as “a legacy of protection unequaled since the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.” Even more remarkable than that startling comparison, however, was Gonzales’s choice of venue: a meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee. According to the Baptist Press, Gonzales requested to speak at the meeting “because he knew he would be speaking to a receptive audience.” Indeed, the famously right-wing SBC has been a strong supporter of the Bush administration, including its judicial nominees.
Now the New York Times is reporting that the department’s emphasis on religious liberty is part of its controversial reorganization under the Bush Administration that has led to a diminished role for traditional civil rights enforcement based on racial discrimination and voter suppression, and a more ideological and politicized staff, such as Monica Goodling, a graduate of Pat Robertson’s law school.
The shift at the Justice Department has significantly altered the government’s civil rights mission, said Brian K. Landsberg, a law professor at the University of the Pacific and a former Justice Department lawyer under both Republican and Democratic administrations...
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