Religion is not a valid excuse to abdicate responsibility.
What is the Divine Essence? Man is created in God's image, God is not created in man's image. If we discriminate against other humans, hurt or injure them, our hate flows directly to God who created them. A lot is unpacked in this 12 minute video.
Politicians are using "culture wars" to promote racism and division in society, so they can use it to get elected into office.