The self-described Grim Reaper, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), declared that he would not pass any of President Joe Biden’s legislation, a groundhog move. That makes it rather rough to save the middle class from unlimited mega-corporations and a couple dozen of the richest people in the world. It appears that President Biden hands the other side of the aisle a warm blueberry pie, and they return the favor with a warm cow pie.
McConnell stole President Barack Obama’s Supreme Court Justice and packed the court with judges that he should have taken to the floor for the 44th president. Republican legislators continued to fight dirty.
The Supreme Court Judge that McConnell stole was for Merrick Garland. The minority leader just let it languish outside of the Senate door for 18 months. So, President Biden made it better by handing Garland the attorney general position.
That looked good, but all of a sudden, we notice that Garland has been making some strange moves. E. Jean Carroll took Trump to court accusing him of raping her 20 years ago, the Associated Press (AP) reported. Of course, Trump denied it. Then, he turned uglier according to The Law & Order publication:
‘The DOJ’s position is not only legally wrong, it is morally wrong since it would give federal officials free license to cover up private sexual misconduct by publicly brutalizing any woman who has the courage to come forward.’
‘Calling a woman you sexually assaulted a “liar,” a “slut,” or “not my type’” as Donald Trump did here, is not the official act of an American president.’
She sued him for defamation of character. He had the Department of Justice defend him, acting as if the DOJ was his own stable of attorneys. Yet, Garland chose to follow in former AG William Barr’s shoes took up the case against Carroll.
Now, AG Garland plans to defend the “Religious Exemption” to a federal anti-discrimination law in a class-action lawsuit:
‘[It] allows private religious schools and universities that receive federal funding to discriminate against LGBTQ students.’
‘Thirty-three current and former students claimed the religious exemption to Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 was unconstitutional.’
Title IX is the one that forbids sex-based discrimination in an educational institution that “is controlled by a religious organization” and the application of the anti-discrimination provision “would not be consistent with the religious tenets of such organization.”
Tuesday Attorney General Merrick Garland filed his 12-page motion, the DOJ led by the Biden-appointed attorney asked the court to deny the request to intervene.
According to the motion, both the DOJ and prospective intervenors “share the same ultimate objective, namely, to uphold the Religious Exemption as it is currently applied:”
‘[N]either the Administration’s stated policy positions nor the Department’s review of existing regulations abrogate the government’s duty to defend federal statutes and regulations in court as a legal matter.’
‘At present, the Proposed Intervenors can only speculate that the Federal Defendants will back away from a full defense of the Religious Exemption and its challenged application and such speculation is too attenuated to constitute a ‘compelling showing’ overcoming the presumption that the Department of Justice, which is responsible for defending federal statutes in court, will adequately defend against the legal challenges the Religious Exemption and its application.’
The motion also stated that the Department of Education was undertaking a “comprehensive review” of Title IX, the Religious Exemption, and the administration’s stated policy of “guaranteeing an educational environment free from discrimination on the basis of sex.”
Director of REAP Attorney Paul Southwick was disappointed that Biden’s DOJ had “chosen to align itself with anti-LGBTQ extremist groups:”
‘The administration did not need to defend this unconstitutional religious exemption. The 40 plaintiffs who have joined REAP’s lawsuit feel that the administration is letting them down on its promises to protect LGBTQ+ students, while directing taxpayer funds to colleges and universities that actively discriminate against LGBTQ+ people.’
To read the entire motion, click on this link.
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