Jeff Sessions’ new religious freedom task force has the SPLC in its sights. PJ Media reports:
On Monday morning, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced a new religious liberty task force in the Department of Justice (DOJ) to defend religious freedom as laid out in last October’s memorandum. In his remarks, Sessions referenced the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) as a threat to religious liberty, suggesting the new task force may investigate or target the left-wing smear group.
“A dangerous movement, undetected by many, is now challenging and eroding our great tradition of religious freedom,” Sessions declared, adding that this movement “must be confronted and defeated.” He also lamented that “one group can actively target religious groups by labeling them a ‘hate group’ on the basis of their sincerely held religious beliefs.”
Sessions emphasized that the new religious liberty task force represents a sea change from the Obama administration, under which federal agencies often used the SPLC “hate group” markings. His direct reference to the SPLC in his remarks suggested that the new task force may investigate the left-wing smear group.
According to the DOJ, the task force will “develop new strategies, involving litigation, policy, and legislation, to protect and promote religious liberty.” The DOJ did not respond to PJ Media requests for comment about whether or not this new task force would investigate the SPLC, but Christian leaders insisted Sessions’ remarks bode ill for the left-wing smear group.
This is a welcome development in the fight against religious bigotry.