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At the instruction of President Trump, Attorney General Jeff Sessions has released a memo to all government departments and agencies that provides guidance as to how federal laws pertaining to religious liberty protections should be interpreted.

The guidance, an attempt to deliver on President Donald Trump's pledge to his evangelical supporters that he would protect religious liberties, effectively lifts a burden from religious objectors to prove that their beliefs about marriage or other topics are sincerely held. News reports a Justice Department memo issued Wednesday states Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, which prohibits discrimination in the workplace on the basis of sex, does not protect transgender people. She characterizes the guidance as a "big expansion" from the previous understanding of religious liberty, which, except for rare circumstances, has not allowed for businesses and employers to discriminate against people based on religious beliefs-though the Supreme Court is about to hear a major case on whether a business broke the law when it denied service to a same-sex couple based on religious objections.

On Friday, Sessions outlined 20 broad "principles" created to ensure that "to the greatest extent practicable and permitted by law, religious observance and practice should be accommodated in all government activity", including a decree that "a governmental action substantially burdens an exercise of religion ... if it compels an act inconsistent with that observance or practice, or substantially pressures the adherent to modify such observance or practice".

Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued two memos this week that critics say put the rights of the LGBTQ community at risk.

Politico adds that this new legal guidance "could affect health care, gay rights, political action by churches", and says it takes a "muscular view of religious freedom rights".

The anti-gay hate group Alliance Defending Freedom "called it "a great day for religious freedom.' The Human Rights Campaign, a national LGBT-rights group, called the guidelines an 'all-out assault" on civil rights and a 'sweeping license to discriminate'". Every American has a right to believe, worship, and exercise their faith. "We welcome President Trump's commitment to continue this legacy of protecting religious liberty". This document lists 20 guiding principles that define religious freedom and how the government should correspondingly act.

According to Sessions, religious organizations can't be excluded from secular aid programs when aid is not being used to for proselytization or worship.

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Congress passed the Religious Freedom Restoration Act in 1993 in response to outcry about a Supreme Court case involving two members of a Native American church in OR who used the hallucinogen peyote in a religious ceremony.

Government may not restrict or compel actions because of the belief they display. That sometimes means treating religious and non-religious groups differently in order to maintain government neutrality toward religion.

Government may not interfere with the autonomy of a religious organization.

He additionally explained that the government can not compel a person or organization to act contrary to their religion, stating that "a government action that bans an aspect of an adherent's religious observance or practice, compels an act inconsistent with that observance or practice, will qualify as a substantial burden on the exercise of religion". The principle allowing religious employers to hire only those whose conduct is consistent with their beliefs, for example, might allow a religious school to fire a teacher who had a child out of wedlock, or a man who Wednesday another man, said Louise Melling, deputy legal director at the ACLU.

"This guidance will help protect families like the Vander Boons in MI who were threatened with the effective closure of their family-run business for simply expressing a religious point of view on marriage that differed from that of the federal government". It trumpets that "RFRA applies even where a religious adherent seeks an exemption from a legal obligation requiring the adherent to confer benefits on third parties".

Title VII prohibits discrimination on the basis of religious observance or practice as well as belief, unless the employer can not reasonably accommodate such observance or practice without undue hardship.

Furthermore, the memo clarifies, religious employers are entitled to limit employment to people whose beliefs and conduct adhere to their religious precepts.

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