Are we free or afraid
Of what we’re told
Are we out of or under
– Jack Johnson, in Don’t Believe a Thing I Say
So now we have a Ministry of Religious Liberty.
Oh – my bad. Attorney General Jeff Sessions created a Religious Liberty Task Force this week – although the effort was really launched in October 2017, when Sessions issued a Memorandum to All Executive Departments and Agencies on Federal Law Protections for Religious Liberty that largely flew under the radar until the announcement of the task force on July 30.
The October memo outlines “twenty key principles of religious liberty in U.S. law” and provides direction to agencies in four areas: employment, rule making, enforcement and contracting/grant making. The twenty key principles (you can read them all in the link) include things like: