Trump signs 'religious liberties' order allowing churches to become more politically involved

President Donald Trump gestures to the media

The 45th President of the United States unveiled the Promoting Free Speech and Religious Liberty order, which will allow religious leaders to have a more active role in American politics.

Family Research Council president Tony Perkins said that the religious liberty order is the start of a process in reversing the "devastating trend set by the last administration to punish charities, pastors, family owned businesses and honest, hard-working people simply for living according to their faith". The group wants the court to declare that it gives preferential treatment to churches and halt the IRS from implementing it.

"We will not allow people of faith to be targeted, bullied or silenced anymore", Trump proclaimed, which were marking the National Day of Prayer.

"It's been happening", he said.

The order additionally directs the Justice Department to look into further federal protections of religious freedoms.

President Trump signed an executive order on Thursday that could pave the way for religious institutions to have more power to claim exemptions from health-care law mandates like no co-pay birth control.

"We know all too well the attacks against the Little Sisters of the Poor", he said, "incredible nuns who care for the sick, the elderly, and the forgotten". The 1954 amendment has prohibited tax-exempt charitable organizations such as churches from participating in political campaigns.

President Donald Trump reaches out to Alveda King, a niece of Martin Luther King Jr., during a National Day of Prayer event at the White House on Thursday. Trump signed an executive order directing the IRS to avoid cracking down on political activity by religious groups.




The American Civil Liberties Union is not that anxious about President Trump's new "religious liberty" executive order.

However, the nonprofit determined that the executive order, in its current state, would not affect the rights of the people.

"We commend President Trump for sending a message to Congress and the rest of America that religious freedom must be protected", said Mat Staver, Founder and Chairman of Liberty Counsel.

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"The very fact that religious freedom is part of the conversation and religious freedom is being affirmed I think is a step in the right direction", Moore said on Burnett's show.

"No one should be censoring sermons or targeting pastors", Trump said.

An adjustment to the Internal Revenue Code - which was adjusted in 1986 but continued to include Johnson Amendment - would require an act of Congress, but Trump can influence how it is enforced.

Trump added, "That is why I will get rid of and totally destroy the Johnson Amendment and allow our representatives of faith to speak freely and without fear of retribution".

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