President Trump plans to reveal a new executive order that would roll back some of the bans and regulations on churches and other tax-exempt institutions.
“Trump’s executive order to mark the National Day of Prayer will also mandate regulatory relief to religious employers that object to contraception, such as Little Sisters of the Poor, the official said in a briefing,” reports Reuters.
However, president Trump did give in to the pressure of leftist activist organizations, leaving out any provisions for that would allow government groups and businesses to deny services to homosexuals under the idea of religious freedom.
An official said that the idea of the bill was not to deny or grant any more rights. “It directs the IRS to exercise maximum enforcement discretion to alleviate the burden of the Johnson amendment which prohibits religious leaders from speaking about politics and candidate from the pulpit,” the official said.
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Trump frequently complained about the 1954 law known as the Johnson amendment during his campaign for the presidency, bolstering his support among religious conservatives who contend it violates free speech and religious freedom rights.
Changing the law altogether would require action in the Republican-led U.S. Congress.
“And it provides regulatory relief for religious objectors to Obamacare’s burdensome preventive services mandate, which is a position supported by the Supreme Court decision in Hobby Lobby,” the official said.
In the case of Hobby Lobby, an arts and crafts retailer, the high court said certain employers could, on religious grounds, choose to not pay for employee contraception mandated under President Barack Obama’s signature healthcare law.
The Little Sisters of the Poor is a religious order that faced huge fines over its refusal to pay for contraception under Obamacare.