Wisconsin-based atheist group sues Trump over church order

"We will not allow people of faith to be targeted, bullied or silenced any more", President Donald Trump said before signing an executive order on religious liberty.

Trump's order, signed during a White House Rose Garden ceremony on Thursday, allows religious organizations to endorse political candidates and weakens health insurance requirements for contraception.

The order, which essentially would make it even less likely that a religious organization would lose its tax-exempt status because of a political endorsement, fall short of what religious conservatives expected from Trump, who won overwhelming support from evangelicals by promising to "protect Christianity" and religious freedom. This executive order will provide some relief to these religious groups.

The President also ordered the Secretary of the Treasury, the Secretary of Labor, and the Secretary of Health and Human Services to "consider issuing amended regulations, consistent with applicable law, to address conscience-based objections to the preventive-care mandate promulgated under section 300gg-13 (a)(4) of title 42, United States Code".

Evangelical Christian leader Russell Moore said the order is "more symbolic than substantive".

Appling believes the order is a step in the right direction for free speech by churches. He defined the principle of it: "There should not be an overly intrusive federal government" involved when people are exercising their religious freedom in the public square or institutions they run.

Trump's language stood in contrast to certain steps his administration has taken to bar entry to citizens from some Muslim-majority nations and his campaign trail vows to stop all Muslims from entering the country. "We look forward to working with the White House, Justice Department and others to implement the principles laid out in today's executive order".

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"We are watching and we will challenge any effort by Jeff Sessions or other agencies of Trump's administration to license discrimination", she added. He said he was giving churches their voices back. In meetings with religious leaders previous year, Trump pledged to "get rid" of IRS rules that prohibited tax-exempt groups like churches from engaging in political advocacy, NPR's Sarah McCammon reported. Despite Trump's order, Green doesn't seeing that changing, as to do so might produce an adverse effect.

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

A much-anticipated executive order on religious liberties will be signed by US President Donald Trump.

The executive order pledges to "vigorously enforce Federal law's robust protections for religious freedom". "In fact, it's the absence of that very thing - partisan politics - that gives us the power to speak with moral authority on issues of the day". "We must never infringe on the noble tradition of change from the church and progress from the pew".

However, there are limits to what this executive order can do, and Trump himself is not able to repeal the Johnson Amendment, which would take an act of Congress.

However, the church does encourage its members to be politically active in their communities and support whichever platforms or candidates they feel best represents them.

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