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People criticized it as a way to discriminate.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions said on Monday that the Department of Justice would create a “religious liberty task force,” that would help the agency implement guidance from President Donald Trump.

“The task force will help the department fully implement our religious liberty guidance by ensuring that all Justice Department components… are upholding that guidance in the cases they bring and defend, the arguments they make in court, the policies and regulations they adopt, and how we conduct our operations,” Sessions said.

The task force comes after Sessions issued a memo on “religious liberty,” which many called a blueprint for discrimination.

The attorney general’s remarks were met with scorn online, with many people believing the task force would be used to go after people of different faiths and members of the LGBTQ community.

Others expressed their displeasure over the task force’s creation by mocking it.

This isn’t the first time people have been critical of Sessions’ “guidance” on religious liberty.

Last year, the attorney general issued a 25-page memo where he stressed that government agencies should stand with religion when it comes to discrimination laws.

In the memo, Sessions wrote that people should not have to choose between “living out his or her faith and complying with the law” except under the “narrowest circumstances.”

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Andrew Wyrich

Andrew Wyrich

Andrew Wyrich is a politics staff writer for the Daily Dot, covering the intersection of politics and the internet. Andrew has written for USA Today, NorthJersey.com, and other newspapers and websites. His work has been recognized by the Society of the Silurians, Investigative Reporters & Editors (IRE), and the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ).