President Trump Signs 'Religious Liberty' Executive Order

Jay Jacobs
May 17, 2017

Trump's order also allows companies to withhold free contraceptives from female employees-something these companies were required to offer under ObamaCare-if the mandate is at odds with their religious beliefs.

The order was praised by Focus on the Family founder James Dobson, who said that Trump's action "must be the first among others because the efforts by previous administrations to marginalize conservative communities of faith were real, thorough and complex".

A spokesperson for the Interfaith Alliance of Iowa told KCCI, "President Trump's executive order is unsafe and ill-advised for the government's interest and for houses of worship".

President Donald Trump, surrounded by faith leaders, signed an executive order aimed at religious freedom Thursday morning.

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The American Civil Liberties Union has decided not to sue over the executive order - for now - after determining that it has no real legal clout and was little more than a "sop to religious conservatives", according to a statement by ACLU executive director Anthony Romero.

Earlier this year, Trump vowed to "get rid of and totally destroy" the amendment, which would require Congress' approval.

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Several religious leaders who supported Trump praised the order as a first step in what would be a lengthy, hard process of reworking a web of regulations that many religious conservatives consider unfair.

President Trump rolled out a long-awaited executive order today. Though the White House denied that draft was ever being considered, reports of the discriminatory order resulted in outrage that was reignited this week after a Politico story revealed Thursday's plans for a religious liberty order.

On Thursday the president issued an executive order directing the Treasury Department not to take "adverse action" against churches or religious organizations for political speech.

"Once again, stories about a Trump "anti-LGBT executive order" were total nonsense", Gregory T. Angelo told CNN.

The order is also created to allow religious groups to avoid a mandate to provide contraception coverage under President Obama's healthcare law, the Affordable Care Act, potentially expanding an exemption that had been carved out in the courts.

His executive order relaxes IRS enforcement of that ban. The FFRF is asking the court to declare the order unconstitutional.

"We will not allow people of faith to be targeted, bullied or silenced anymore", he said. Trump chose instead to focus on his vigorous opposition to the Johnson Amendment which sets limits on political activity by churches and other tax-exempt institutions. And it asks the attorney general to issue guidance on federal religious liberty protections.

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