What President Trumps executive order on religious liberty actually grants

What President Trumps executive order on religious liberty actually grants

What President Trumps executive order on religious liberty actually grants

Warbelow said it's unclear how the religious liberty order will be implemented, but said she believed it was a response to stirrings among churches and religious groups that expressed fear over losing their tax-exempt status in relation to the Supreme Court's Obergefell ruling legalizing marriage for same-sex couples.

Some faith leaders have condemned Trump's order, saying it would politicize their congregations.

"As a result of President Trump's (order), churches and religious organizations will be able to blatantly and deliberately flaunt the electioneering restrictions. including during the upcoming 2018 elections, unlike secular non-profits, including FFRF", the lawsuit states.

While the "Promoting Free Speech and Religious Liberty" order, signed on the National Day of Prayer, calls for the IRS to ease enforcement of the rarely enforced "Johnson Amendment", the law can not be officially quashed, though, without a vote from Congress. "We are giving our churches their voices back".

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.

Trump's executive order sets up the likelihood that women who work with organizations that have faith-based objections to providing reproductive care will no longer have access to counseling, screening, breastfeeding support or contraception. The amendment bans tax-exempt organizations like churches and other religious institutions from political speech and activities. "Through this executive order, Trump has directed Attorney General Jeff Sessions - a man who has denied LGBTQ people equality under the law - to seek a license to discriminate across all areas of the government".

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Under that amendment, the tax code prohibits organizations that enjoy tax-free status from participating in a political campaign or supporting any one candidate for elective office.

In February, a supposed draft of an executive order on religious issues was leaked to The Nation.

However, the executive order would not make any changes in the existing laws, but for a relaxed enforcement of it, a senior White House official told reporters in a late-night briefing.

The executive order also directs the Departments of Health and Human Services, Labor and the Treasury to provide regulatory relief with respect to a mandate under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that requires employer health plans to cover no-cost contraception and access to preventative care.

Trump would need Congress to rescind the Johnson Amendment, but he can instruct his administration not to enforce it through executive order. Robert George, a prominent conservative intellectual, called the order "meaningless". "We'd certainly like to keep the rights that we presently have, or at least the rights that we did have up until recently when we were challenged", says The Catholic League's Bill Donahue.

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