Thursday, May 4, 2017

Trump to sign Executive Order on Religious Freedom

Today is the National Day of Prayer and President Trump is due to sign an Executive Order this morning on religion:

According to the Daily Signal
  • Require all federal departments and agencies to respect statutes and Supreme Court decisions that make clear the free exercise of religion applies to all people, of all faiths, in all places, and at all times—and that it is not merely the freedom to worship.
  • That religious organizations include all organizations operated by religious principles, not just houses of worship or charities.
  • Instructs agencies, “to the greatest extent practicable and permitted by law,” to reasonably accommodate the religion of federal employees, as required by Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.
  • Instructs the secretaries of health and human services, labor, and treasury to finally grant relief to the Little Sisters of the Poor and others not exempted from Obamacare mandates on contraception and abortion-inducing drugs.
  • Ensure that consumers buying health insurance on the Obamacare exchanges have the option to buy plans that don’t cover abortion or subsidize plans that do.
  • Prohibits the federal government from discriminating against child welfare providers, such as foster care and adoption services, based on the organization’s religious beliefs.
  • Adopts the Russell Amendment, instructing agencies to allow religious organizations to hire in accordance with their faith principles.
  • Effectively rolls back the Johnson Amendment by instructing the Treasury Department to ensure that it doesn’t revoke nonprofit tax status because a religious group speaks on politics.
  • Instructs agencies to refuse to recognize any decision by a federally recognized accrediting body that revokes or denies accreditation to an organization because of religious beliefs.
  • Instructs agencies not to take adverse action against federal employees, contractors, or grantees who express their belief on marriage outside of their employment, contract or grant; and that agencies should reasonably accommodate such beliefs inside of employment, contract, or grant.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hallelujah!

Anonymous said...

He stopped just short of "Establishing" religious requirements for the government.....oh wait.... that is in the "Establishment Clause" of the Constitution.

Lynn Anderson said...

Hopefully, the hostile and open season on Christians is coming to a close.