Iowa Safe Schools Statement on Religious Exemptions Executive OrderMay 3rd, 2017
IOWA —Tomorrow, President Donald Trump is reportedly set to sign an executive order establishing “religious exemptions” which will actively allow open discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) people. Iowa Safe Schools Executive Director, Nate Monson, who is available for interviews, released the following statement.
“This executive order looks every LGBTQ child in the face and says you’re not equal and you are worth less. This EO does not protect religious freedoms, instead it promotes hate and fear fueled rhetoric to openly enter our workplaces, schools, and communities. Promoting discrimination against the LGBTQ community, women, and other groups is not only wrong, but is regressive and repulsive.”
“This executive order directly contradicts the unwavering rule of law and core value of equal protection—also known as freedom. It undermines crucial safeguards against discrimination that creates opportunities for LGBTQ youth to survive and succeed. If consistent with past draft orders, Trump’s Executive Order could allow school counselors to deny LGBTQ youth life-saving services, school administrators to forbid interracial couples at school functions, and LGBTQ educators could lose their jobs simply because of who they love.”
“This is executive order is a license to discriminate against LGBTQ people, women, Muslims, people of color, and other marginalized groups. We call on President Trump to renew his commitment to the LGBTQ community and protect LGBTQ youth by not signing this executive order.”
In response to the reported executive order, Iowa Safe Schools has started a petition to fight against the license to discriminate to make sure President Trump hears the millions of voices this order could impact.