All you need to know about Donald Trump’s religious liberty Executive Order is that the ACLU is NOT suing over it. Here’s my rule of thumb, if the ACLU isn’t pissed off by it, you’re not doing it right.
“After careful review of the order’s text we have determined that the order does not meaningfully alter the ability of religious institutions or individuals to intervene in the political process,” said a statement by Anthony Romero, the ACLU’s executive director. “The order portends but does not yet do harm to the provision of reproductive health services.”
“What President Trump did today was merely provide a faux sop to religious conservatives and kick the can down the road on religious exemptions on reproductive health care services,” he added.
I’ve always heard it said that Ivanka Trump was a successful person who got results. Now, I’d have to agree with them. Word has it that she removed the teeth from the EO. But in the end, this was a pretty big nothing burger from Donald Trump.
I know. I know. He gave us Gorsuch. He says he’ll sign a defunding of Planned Parenthood. So yeah, this is weak sauce. In the words of the great Meatloaf “two out of three ain’t bad.” But give me those two and we’ll work on the religious liberty issue.
Religious liberty is a civil right and should not be toyed with. I’m not too pissed off about this yawn of an EO. I hope Congress will act. I doubt it. But I’m hoping.