The upcoming Presidential term of anti-Semitic, anti-Islamic, anti-Mexican and all-around hateful and bigoted former reality TV star Donald Trump has made many people anxious and terrified.
People, particularly those who are not white or from Christian backgrounds, have been terrified about how Trump will strip away their Constitutional rights to appease his rabid extreme-right base. However, Obama finally gave us some great news in the form of a protection he just enacted to counter such dangerous moves by Trump.
President Obama just signed the Frank Wolf International Religious Freedom Act into law, which will shield and improve religious freedom, including for people who are atheists or otherwise not religious. The Act’s stated goal is: “To amend the International Religious Freedom Act of 1998 to improve the ability of the United States to advance religious freedom globally through enhanced diplomacy, training, counterterrorism, and foreign assistance efforts, and through stronger and more flexible political responses to religious freedom violations and violent extremism worldwide, and for other purposes.”
In terms of helping the cause of those who are atheists or not religious, the law changes the original 1998 bill by: “in paragraph (3), by inserting “The freedom of thought, conscience, and religion is understood to protect theistic and non-theistic beliefs and the right not to profess or practice any religion.” before Governments,” and, “by inserting “and the specific targeting of non-theists, humanists, and atheists because of their beliefs” after “religious persecution.” Are you happy that Obama signed this protection into law?