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BY: Mikhael Smits
Attorney General Jeff Sessions spoke Monday in the wake of a deadly shooting at a synagogue in Pittsburgh about the Department of Justice's plans to identify and end religious discrimination by the United States government.
Remarks - Boston - Lawyers - Chapter - Federalist
In remarks to the Boston Lawyers Chapter of the Federalist Society on Monday, which began with interruptions from protesters, Sessions said the Religious Liberty Task Force will lead the effort to prevent the government from practicing religious discrimination. The Task Force will determine "whether there are other instances in which this kind of discrimination is occurring at the federal level," Sessions said. "If so, it must, and will, stop."
In June, Sessions announced the Place to Worship Initiative, through which the department would "[improve] training for federal prosecutors about legal protections for houses of worship." In July, Sessions established the Religious Liberty Task Force to ensure executive agencies' compliance with DOJ policy and federal law. During the department's Religious Liberty Summit, Sessions explained the function of the task force.
Task - Force - Department - Liberty - Guidance
The task force will help the department fully implement our religious liberty guidance by ensuring that all Justice Department components are upholding that guidance in the cases they bring and defend, the arguments they make in court, the policies and regulations they adopt and how we conduct our operations. That includes making sure that our employees know their duties to accommodate people of faith.
On Monday, he explained the task force would now evaluate federal compliance in light of the Supreme Court’s Trinity Lutheran ruling.
Trinity - Lutheran - Church - Columbia - Inc
Trinity Lutheran Church of Columbia, Inc. v. Comer is a 2017 Supreme Court case in which the Missouri state government defended a decision to exclude a church-funded school from an otherwise neutral and secular aid program. The church-operated school, The Learning Center, has an open admissions policy, and wanted the funds to resurface...
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