ATTY. General Gonzalas Using Office to Promote Christianity

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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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He can remember to promote his religion but when pressed on questions regarding the attorney firings it is all "I don't recall".




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Unless I missed something,

Unless I missed something, I see nothing that would promote Christianity specifically.


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All the more reason to get

All the more reason to get involved with First Freedom First

Here's the petition they're asking folks to sign:

First Freedom First Petition wrote:

We, the undersigned, call upon elected and appointed officials to join us in reaffirming America's religious freedom by demonstrating a commitment to the following:

  • Every American should have the right to make personal decisions -- about family life, reproductive health, end of life care and other matters of personal conscience.
  • American tax dollars should not go to charities that discriminate in hiring based on religious belief or that promote a particular religious faith as a requirement for receiving services.
  • Political candidates should not be endorsed or opposed by houses of worship.
  • Public schools should teach with academic integrity and without the promotion of religious preference or belief.
  • Decisions about scientific and health policies should be based on the best available scientific data, not on religious doctrine.

We join together, as the most diverse nation in the world, to commit ourselves to defending and preserving this freedom.

I think we'd all agree on that, eh? 


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