American Family Association’s Religious Freedom Victory—Chai Feldblum’s Time at EEOC Is Up
TUPELO, Miss.—Since 2010, Chai Feldblum, an anti-religious liberty activist, has served as commissioner at the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)—the federal agency dedicated to protecting the freedom of religious expression.
Now, religious freedom has truly been protected, as Feldblum’s time at the EEOC has come to an end, according to an American Family Association (AFA, www.afa.net) Action Alert sent yesterday to its nearly 1 million friends and supporters.
AFA reported that Feldblum’s term as commissioner was set to expire on July 1, 2018, but President Donald Trump had re-nominated her for another term. Beginning in December 2017, AFA vigorously opposed her service at the EEOC.
“Because of public opposition by AFA supporters and the opposition of a few U.S. senators, Feldblum has reached the end of her stint at the Commission,” said AFA President Tim Wildmon. “Feldblum’s influence at the EEOC was a real threat to the religious liberty of Americans. Her fight for ‘diversity’ and ‘equity’ can be translated as the insistence to place the right to sexual deviancy ahead of religious liberty.”
AFA expressed its concerns about Feldblum after she was quoted as saying: “I’m having a hard time coming up with any case in which religious liberty should win ... Sexual liberty should win in most cases. There can be a conflict between religious liberty and sexual liberty, but in almost all cases the sexual liberty should win because that's the only way that the dignity of gay people can be affirmed in any realistic manner.”
President Barack Obama was able to place Feldblum on the EEOC as a recess appointment, AFA further reported, a strategic move that enabled him to circumvent Senate rules and Senate Republican opposition. When the Senate voted in 2013 to renew Feldblum for another term at the EEOC, the only Republicans who voted for her were Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska). Sens. Collins’ and Murkowski’s votes were not necessary, as the Democratic nomination passed 54-41.
“AFA is thankful our supporters took action to let the administration and the Senate know how important fundamental religious liberty is to the constitutional republic of the United States,” Wildmon added. “The position at the EEOC remains vacant, and President Trump should nominate a constitutional conservative in keeping with his campaign promises.”
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