Opinion pages, blogs, websites and other media sources are full of reports Tuesday with reaction to Attorney General Jeff Sessions' Religious Liberty Task Force. The overriding concern seems to be that it is a direct set-up for discriminating against the homosexual community.
"The media have tried to convince Americans that gay rights, which are not stated in the Constitution, overrule religious rights which are clearly stated in the Constitution. Journalists fear being proven wrong," Media Research Center's president Dan Gainor told CBN News.
"There's also an expectation from the left that all levers of power—academia, media, courts and government—are only supposed to be used to push a liberal agenda. The media reflect that and freak out anytime government might protect rights of people they disdain," Gainor also said.
The Huffington Post's headline: "Twitter Rains Hell on Jeff Sessions' New Religious Liberty Task Force" highlighted a multitude of negative comments and concerns about the task force from gay rights to the separation of church and state.
Regarding the mention of separation of church and state, it's something MRC's Gainor says is really valued more by conservatives. "They are the ones who don't want government to intrude on their religious beliefs. You won't see that in the news because journalists try to depict anyone standing up to the Left as the villain," he says.
"Liberals have tried to create something that isn't in the Constitution—freedom from religion—and the media have helped. Every time government does something to protect religious belief, the media act like it's being done to harm others. No, it's being done so government doesn't force people to violate their religion—the first words of the First Amendment," Gainor also told CBN News.
The Daily Beast's (DB) headline read, "Jeff Sessions' 'Religious Liberty Task Force' Declares Holy War on LGBT People." Tim Teeman, an editor and writer for DB, wrote, "The Trump administration is already winning in its battle to erode the few civil rights that LGBT people have. The Supreme Court, if the Trump administration has its way, soon will be replete with justices to rubberstamp whatever kind of discrimination it chooses to pursue."
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