OP: A nice little list of how Ted Cruz will totally f*ck over America if elected
It’s easy to peg Fox News as America’s number 1 source for conservative propaganda, but sometimes that well oiled machine makes things a lot easier.
Case and point, a recent article by Fox News contributor Todd Starnes which lays out a complete list of GOP Presidential candidate Ted Cruz’s wish list to make life miserable for America’s LGBTQs, women, and anyone who doesn’t believe in Cruz’s version of God.
Starnes interviewed Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council and Chair of Cruz’s Religious Liberty Advisory Council, and the end result is a nice list of not only how far equality for sexual minorities has come, but also a terrifying check list for what Cruz and friends would do when they entered office.
“I am absolutely convinced in my discussions with the senator that religious liberty will be a lot better off in America with a Cruz administration,” said Perkins, who makes a living disparaging LGBTQ people, before calling “religious liberty,” or the great white knight of America’s first freedom.
“Unfortunately, this freedom has been systematically undermined and even assaulted under the policies of the current administration and previous Congresses,” he claims.
Along side the interview is “15 action items” which President Cruz (oh man, sorry, I just threw up in my mouth a little bit) would act on immediately if elected. The list includes not only steps to roll back LGBTQ protections, but a number of other federal measures dealing with brith control and allowing prayer in public schools.
Have a look below and realize not only how great Obama really was for our cause, but also how terrifying a Cruz Presidency would be:
Marriage and Human Sexuality:
-Issue an Executive Order protecting persons from discrimination by the federal government on the basis of their view that marriage is between a man and a woman (this executive order could model the protections in the First Amendment Defense Act).
-Call for passage of the First Amendment Defense Act.
-Rescind Executive Order 13672, which had (without adequate religious exemptions) required certain federal contractors to not discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. In the alternative, create significantly larger and robust exemptions for religious organizations and businesses falling under the authority of Executive Order 13672.
-Direct all federal agencies to stop interpreting “sex” to include “sexual orientation” and/or “gender identity” where the term “sex” refers to a protected class in federal law. Prioritize this effort at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Department of Education, Department of Health and Human Services, and Department of Housing and Urban Development.
HHS Contraception Mandate and Conscience Protections:
-Direct the Department of Health and Human Services to eliminate its requirement that all employers include coverage for “[a]ll Food and Drug Administration . . . approved contraceptive methods [and] sterilization procedures” as part of the “minimal essential coverage” they are required to provide by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. In the alternative, direct HHS to exempt entirely all employers who object for moral or religious reasons to the contraception mandate, in the same way that HHS has already exempted churches and certain religious organizations.
-Rescind the overly narrow healthcare conscience rights protections implemented by President Obama through the Department of Health and Human Services, and either reinstate the Bush Administration conscience protection regulations or issue similarly protective regulations as needed.
- Require service chiefs to fully update and revise their regulations protecting the free exercise of religion to ensure they properly reflect a robust, constitutional understanding of free exercise, and the religious liberty protections in the 2013 and 2014 National Defense Authorization Acts (which are reflected in DOD Instruction 1300.17). These updates and revisions should also include guidance outlining the robust religious freedom and free speech rights of chaplains, as not bound by the limits on public employees making statement pursuant to their official duties.
-Require that service chiefs implement programs to proactively educate commanders, chaplains, and JAG officers about these regulations once updated.
-Expand the protections Congress afforded to chaplains in FY13 and FY14 NDAA amendments to apply equally to all service members.
-Direct the IRS to review all of its current guidance regarding religious organizations and 26 U.S.C. § 501(c)3, and issue clarifying guidance regarding the extent to which religious organizations and religious leaders are able to engage in speech regarding political issues and political candidates in accord with their robust free speech rights as protected by the First Amendment, and the extent to which they may engage in political activities.
Role of Faith in the Public Square:
-Rescind Executive Orders 13498 and 13559, which limit the types of partnerships the federal government can maintain with private faith-based groups.
-Issue guidance through appropriate federal agencies regarding the constitutionality of monuments, memorials, and other public displays of faith.
- Conduct a review of all federal agency guidance regarding Establishment Clause issues, and when appropriate, revise such guidance to set forth a policy of relying on the “coercion test” when interpreting constitutionality under the Establishment Clause.
- Review and clarify existing Department of Education guidance on prayer at school to ensure it adequately explains the rights of students, teachers, and other school employees to live out their faith. Explain the legal difference between government speech and private speech in the public school setting.
- Issue guidance through the Department of Education regarding the rights of students and teachers under the Equal Access Act
Well there’s a nice road map for modern conservative values, no matter what minority groups are crushed along the way.
Top image of Ted Cruz and the Zodiac Killer via Gawker
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