WASHINGTON, Sept. 16, 2016 /Christian Newswire/ — The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights (USCCR) report, “Peaceful Coexistence: Reconciling Nondiscrimination Principles with Civil Liberties,” is a shocking example of the war against religious freedom in America. “The Commission’s report is a shameful anti-American and anti-God document that trashes religious freedom,” said Mat Staver, Founder and Chairman of Liberty Counsel.
Martin Castro, named USCCR chairman by President Obama in 2011, said that the words “religious freedom” and “religious liberty” have become merely code words for intolerance, Christian supremacy, racism, sexism, homophobia, Islamophobia and therefore must yield before LGBT anti-discrimination laws. Regarding sexual orientation and gender identity, this report also does not support those people who hold to their religious belief of traditional marriage as they provide services such as marriage licenses, photography, cake decorating or flower arranging.
The focus of the “Peaceful Coexistence” report states that granting religious exemptions to nondiscrimination laws “significantly infringes” on the civil rights of those claiming civil rights protections on the basis of “race, color, national origin, sex, disability status, sexual orientation and gender identity.” The report calls for laws that eliminate exemptions or accommodation for religious convictions. Two members of the Commission dissented from the report.