The ‘crisis of conscience’ of gay people in the US is coming to a head
A coalition of LGBT groups, politicians, and religious leaders is calling on President Donald Trump to immediately cancel an executive order banning travel from seven Muslim-majority countries, saying it has the potential to exacerbate a religious persecution crisis.
The White House is currently reviewing the order, which has been challenged in court by a number of Muslim-rights groups and has been condemned by the majority of Americans, including a majority of Democrats.
The order, signed in February, was signed in response to the killing of US-born cleric Anwar al-Awlaki, an American citizen born in New York City to Yemeni parents, in 2011.
The ban was challenged in federal court by the American Civil Liberties Union and several groups.
The Justice Department has asked a federal appeals court to delay the order’s implementation while the department considers whether to appeal.
The coalition, which includes the National Center for Lesbian Rights, Human Rights Campaign, GLAAD, and the Human Rights First Foundation, wrote on its website: “The threat of an unprecedented religious persecution and terrorism policy that violates the most basic tenets of the American creed and the rule of law is real.
The President must immediately and unequivocally rescind this discriminatory and unconstitutional order.
We call on the President to immediately immediately issue a blanket travel ban from the seven countries that have a history of discrimination against LGBT people and refugees.
It is essential that this executive order be canceled immediately, and any other discriminatory policies be promptly reversed.”
The coalition said it is “deeply concerned” about the order and is calling for a “pause” on implementation. “
We are especially concerned that the executive order does not specifically address LGBT refugees, but instead does not even mention that there are any LGBT refugees at all.”
The coalition said it is “deeply concerned” about the order and is calling for a “pause” on implementation.
The president has said he is reviewing the executive orders and has repeatedly defended his executive order, saying that he would protect the rights of American citizens and protect the safety of US citizens abroad.
Trump said in February that he has been reviewing the ban and would issue an executive decision after that.
“I’m looking forward to it,” Trump told reporters in the Oval Office.
“It’s very, very important.
We’re going to be announcing an executive action, we’re going at the end of January, which I’m going to make.
And then we’re looking at what it looks like.
But we’re very,, very happy with the response.
And we’re watching it very closely.” “
There are a lot of people who are very disappointed in it, and we’ll see what happens, but we’re really happy with it.
And we’re watching it very closely.”
In an interview with the Christian Broadcasting Network, a prominent LGBT rights advocate and former senior White House adviser, Rev. Billy Graham, said that Trump’s travel ban has the “crisis on conscience” tag.
Graham said Trump’s executive order could have been an “insult to God” and he was not happy about it.
“The president has a conscience and he’s looking at this from the perspective of a Christian,” Graham said.
“If he is going to put this on the basis of religious bigotry and hatred, then that’s an insult to God.”
Graham, who is a frequent Trump supporter, also said that the Muslim ban is “not a Muslim ban.”
“He’s not going to ban Muslims,” Graham told CNN.
“He is going for a Muslim registry and then having the Department of Homeland Security look at who’s coming into this country, what they’re going on, what their religion is, where they live, where their children go to school, where it’s safe for them, how they live their lives.”
Trump also tweeted that he is “looking forward to the full briefing of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals” on the order.
“This executive order is a bad decision that is not in the best interest of the United States and its people,” Trump wrote in an early February tweet.
“They are taking our great country back.”
The order bans citizens from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen from entering the US, and imposes travel bans on citizens of Iran, Sudan and Syria.
Trump also said the ban would “allow the entry of highly qualified refugees” and “people from areas of the world where we have a national security risk.”
The White National Council has said it does not believe the ban will have a significant impact on national security.
Trump has said the order will have “very minor” effect on Muslims in the country, but also said it could have “great impact” on Christians.
“Let me be very clear: The Muslim ban will not impact the security of our nation, it will not affect the security and safety of our people,” he said during a rally in Florida