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New Trump Rule Would Let Religious Bosses Fire People Based On Race, Religion, LGBTQ Status

The Trump administration has formally proposed a rule that would let businesses with federal contracts fire anyone for just about anything they don’t like as long as they say it’s for religious reasons. This includes LGBTQ+ people, people of color, and women who are pregnant while unmarried, for starters.

The 46-page draft rule from the Labor Department says that any organization that claims any “religious purpose,” whether they be schools, corporations, or any business with a federal contract, can discriminate against their workers even if religion isn’t its primary reason for existence.

“The contractor must be organized for a religious purpose, meaning that it was conceived with a self-identified religious purpose,” the draft reads. “This need not be the contractor’s only purpose.”

Basically, this means that companies could claim that they’re guided by some vague religious purpose of faith and use that to fire someone from a marginalized population. It would invalidate decades of civil rights progress by creating a massive and easily-exploited loophole.

If adopted, this rule would put up to 420,000 workers at risk. Human rights advocates have been watching this rule while it was pending, expecting it to reverse Obama-era protections for LGBTQ+ people. However, the way the final draft is worded opens to door to discriminate against just about anyone, including any non-Christians and divorcés.

Human rights organizations and advocates are not pleased.

Due to the fact that this applies to federal contractors, many are calling this “taxpayer-funded discrimination.” Either way, can we officially discard the idea that Trump cares about any marginalized people?