BP This Week: Transgenders Banned from the Military

With a stroke of his Twitter account, President Trump promised to ban transgender individuals from service in the military, a return to the policy as it was before the Obama administration. Predictably, the announcement has sparked a lot of outrage. Our hosts discuss why the move might have been the right action carried out in the wrong way and for the wrong reasons.

The president has also just filled the long-vacant state department Office of International Religious Freedom, nominating Kansas governor, Sam Brownback. John Stonestreet and Ed Stetzer talk about why this nomination matters, and what we can expect from governor Brownback, himself a deeply religious man.

Resources

Pentagon takes no steps to enforce Trump's transgender ban
  • Bryan Bender and Jacqueline Klimas
  • Politico
  • July 27, 2017

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  • Phoenix1977

    “Our hosts discuss why the move might have been the right action carried out in the wrong way and for the wrong reasons.”
    The only thing he truly did was making sure his administration will be tied in court for the remainder of his presidency. Or did he actually think the LGBT community would simply accept this?

    “The president has also just filled the long-vacant state department Office of International Religious Freedom, nominating Kansas governor, Sam Brownback. John Stonestreet and Ed Stetzer talk about why this nomination matters, and what we can expect from governor Brownback, himself a deeply religious man.”
    What you can expect is a very long confirmation process, complete with filibusters from the Democrats in the Senate, possibly resulting in Gov. Brownback to withdraw his own nomination. So far the Trump administration has not filled all the essential positions even after being 6 months in office and quite a few of the nominees withdrew themselves from the process when it was clear they would not be confirmed easily.

    • Scott

      Well… for every action, there is a reaction. I think America will move away from the extreme on either side and more towards a balanced middle ground. Your point of view represents the extreme left… I don’t believe America will go there and many people like myself will vote and voice against it.

      • Just One Voice

        I echo your statement, and deeply hope our country will move away from the extremes.

      • Phoenix1977

        You have no influence over the courts and that’s the route we’re taking. The past years have shown us we cannot trust the political system or our neighbors to respect our rights. It no longer matters hiw you vote: 2/3 of the federal courts are in liberal hands and will remain that way for a long time to come. The Obama administration appointed a lot of young, liberal judges throughtout the country and they are appointed for life.

        • Just One Voice

          I only learned about judges being appointed for life during the last presidential election.

          Talk about job security! And lack of accountability.

          • Phoenix1977

            “Talk about job security! And lack of accountability.”
            At the same time this enables a Judge to rule without having to worry about (political) consequences. A system they should consider with DA’s and non-federal judges as well. Now you see in election years the DA’s prosecute more (but only the cases they are sure to win) and judges punishing harsher while there is more leniency during non-election years. That’s can’t be right either.

          • Scott

            Phoenix is a persistent fellow if nothing else. : – )

        • Scott

          “You have no influence over the courts and that’s the route we’re taking.”

          True… or at least a very tiny one.

          “The Obama administration appointed a lot of young, liberal judges”

          After all… the Obama administration was voted into office.

          • Phoenix1977

            “After all… the Obama administration was voted into office.”
            True, and because of that no influence can be gained anymore. After all, 2/3 of all federal courts now have a liberal majority.