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Are Religious-Freedom Advocates ‘Christian Supremacists’?


WASHINGTON — Amid an election-year debate over “transgender bathroom rights” and conscience protections for those who oppose same-sex “marriage” on religious grounds, the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights (USCCR) issued a new report that has only deepened the acrimony and sowed fears that people of faith are being smeared as bigots.

The report, “Peaceful Coexistence: Reconciling Nondiscrimination Principles With Civil Liberties,” offers legal guidance on “adjudicating claims for religious exemptions from otherwise applicable nondiscrimination law.”

The commission concludes that antidiscrimination laws should be given greater weight in such cases and framed religious freedom as a threat to civil rights.

“Civil-rights protections ensuring nondiscrimination, as embodied in the Constitution, laws and policies, are of pre-eminent importance in American jurisprudence,” states the commission’s first finding.

“Religious exemptions to the protections of civil rights based upon classifications such as race, color, national origin, sex, disability status, sexual orientation and gender identity, when they are permissible, significantly infringe upon these civil rights,” read the second finding.

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