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U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders

Today Attorney General Sessions announced a new Task Force on Religious Liberty. But instead of seriously addressing the appalling rise in hate crimes against Muslims and Jews, he thanked President Trump for “declar[ing] we would say ‘Merry Christmas’ again” and complained about the ACA’s requirement that insurance plans cover contraception.

Let me be clear. We must take freedom of religion seriously. All people of faith, no matter what that faith is, must be free to worship without worry of hatred or discrimination. But we cannot allow people to use their faith as a cover to discriminate, and this task force is a thinly disguised way to allow state-sanctioned discrimination, especially against the LGBT community.