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The Trump Administration’s ‘religious exception’ guidance for medical professionals working with LGBTQ people is yet another example of how the GOP is in thrall to Religious Right authoritarians.
The authoritarianism is inherent in its structure: strict religious dogma overrides the moral imperative to provide patients of all sexual orientations or gender identities with empathic care.
Supporters of this kind of policy will claim that LGBTQ people can just go elsewhere, remain closeted or suppress their gender/sexuality to receive services, but that kind of thinking indicates a profound lack of empathy.
Authoritarianism, including the kind the Christian Right promulgates, values being the ‘right kind of person’ over universal ethics or social inclusion.

This is why these people should be given no quarter in national government. They only care about ‘freedom’ for themselves.
The Christian Right movement is intrinsically anti-pluralist. They complain that the left is ‘controlling’ their freedom by mandating the inclusion of people they don’t like, but they would never accord us the same decency.

They want a de facto theocracy. Look up ‘dominionism’.
All that talk about ‘religious freedom’ is a smoke screen, just like the alt-right and radical centre’s calls for ‘free speech’.

They want to silence the marginalised and raise up the powerful.
There are a number of people and orgs on here who’ve talked extensively about the threat of Religious Right authoritarianism and its connection to Trump and other far-right figures, including @C_Stroop, @brchastain, @ReaderAdrift and @PRAEyesRight. #EmptyThePews #exvangelical
I used to be a conservative evangelical as a teenager. Their playbook hasn’t changed much since I left the church back in the early 2000s.

The more political evangelicals want to create a ‘safe space’ for themselves…and nobody else.
Conversely, most left-wing and liberal groups are not calling for the refusal of service to, or the outright restriction of civil rights of, conservative religious groups.

We just want to co-exist in a pluralistic society, but authoritarians HATE pluralism.
While the Democrats and other centre-left political parties are far from perfect—don’t even get me started on foreign policy in the US and other western countries—I support them in elections because they’re all we HAVE to keep the fascist/dominionist/corporatist right out.
If there weren’t such a continued threat of right-wing authoritarian rule from the Republicans and the US had a parliamentary system that allowed for coalitions, I might vote differently, depending on the candidate.

But I don’t personally feel right opting out in this system.
Especially when these far-right authoritarians are currently willing to work in a coalition to exclude people they don’t feel are ‘real’ members of their given polity (LGBTQ people, immigrants, often women, PoC, leftists and liberals, etc).
If one of these groups claimed absolute power, there’d be purges; I can’t see the religious right, free-marketeers and alt-right staying chummy for too long.

But while there’s still a semblance of democracy, they’ll work together to fuck over the rest of us.
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