Republican Executive Wants to Strip Rights from Anal People, Establish Biblical Rules

Mark Trammell

Mark Trammel is the breast removal lawsuit girl’s lawyer.

He’s doing great work.

We must restore the Bible.

The Guardian:

The executive director of a Republican-linked nonprofit wrote blog posts for an extremist organization in which he advocated so-called “conversion therapy”, the supremacy of biblical rules on marriage over “man-made law”, and expressed a general theocratic view that divine law as interpreted by US evangelical Christians trumps secular law.

The since-deleted posts by Mark Trammell – now executive director of the self-styled civil rights group Center for American Liberty (CAL) – were written for Liberty Counsel, dubbed an anti-LGBTQ+ extremist group by the Southern Poverty Law Center for its work “to ensure that Christians can continue to engage in anti-LGBT discrimination in places of business under the guise of ‘religious liberty’”.

The Guardian has previously reported on the financial relationship between CAL and CEO Harmeet Dhillon’s law firm, which a nonprofit expert described as “problematic”, and the lack of transparency in the nonprofit’s arrangements with a PR firm.

But CAL’s extremist links, and other CAL attorneys links to groups like the Proud Boys and the Claremont Institute, raise questions about the organization’s recent pivot to suits that seek to limit transgender rights.

It was while Trammell was working as director of public policy at another rightwing nonprofit, Liberty Counsel Action, that Trammell wrote a number of blog posts for an affiliated organization, Liberty Counsel. Those posts, published in 2013 and 2014, have since disappeared from the organization’s website, but were exposed in a data breach of the organization’s website, and revealed now by the Guardian.

In a September 2013 post, Trammell complained about laws passed in California in 2012 and New Jersey in 2013 that were the first in the country to ban so-called “conversion therapy” or “reparative therapy”, a scientifically discredited practice whose practitioners falsely claim to be able to change the sexual orientation of same-sex attracted people.

In the post, Trammell wrote: “In both California and New Jersey, by statute, licensed physicians are not permitted to provide reparative therapy to minors, under the age of 18, who struggle with an unwanted same-sex attraction and who desire such reparative therapy.”

He continued: “This restriction on therapy is a viewpoint-based content restriction aimed at silencing Christian views on human sexuality.”

In other posts, Trammell criticized Republicans for moves that in his view failed to acknowledge the supremacy of biblical over secular law, even if they were ostensibly defending conservative moral positions.

In a March 2014 post on efforts by Republicans including Ted Cruz and Mike Lee to limit the power of the federal government to enforce same-sex marriage in states where it did not yet exist, he wrote that the proposed Defense of Marriage Act was “not the answer”.

Rather, Trammell wrote, “as a component of the Natural Law, authored by God, the institution of marriage is beyond the ability of mankind to change. Simply put, it is a law given to us by God and since God’s ways are justice and His ways are higher than our ways.”

Further on in the post, Trammell continued his advocacy of theocracy, writing: “For one to state that the Tenth Amendment reserves the authority for states to define marriage according to the will of the citizens of that state is to say that the Constitution had authority over the Natural Law. Such a conclusion is contrary to the essence of the Natural Law and is contrary to Scripture.”

In a post that May, Trammell criticized the supreme court for its Town of Greece v Galloway decision that month, which upheld the right of the New York town’s board to open its meeting with a prayer, providing it did not exclude representatives of minority faiths from officiating in those prayers.

Whereas the court defined the prayers as “ceremonial” and intended to “place town board members in a solemn and deliberative frame of mind”, Trammell wrote that the prayers were to “invoke divine guidance in town affairs”.

He further wrote that the court was wrong in “concluding that the purpose of prayer is civic in nature and bifurcated from God”, adding that, “Legislative prayer is not about government; it is about God. Its purpose is not to solemnize the occasion or acknowledge religious leaders; it is to humble ourselves before God, seeking Him and His guidance.”

Neither Mark Trammell nor Liberty Counsel responded to emailed requests for comment.

Heidi Beirich is co-founder and chief strategy officer at the Global Project Against Hate and Extremism (GPAHE) and an expert on the North American and European far right.

In a telephone conversation, she said that Liberty Counsel was “crudely anti-LGBTQ” and that “everything the organization does is part of a crusade to strip LGBTQ people of their rights”.

This would be a lot less controversial if Republicans were not such pussies.

None of them will stand up for what they claim to believe in.