President Donald Trump’s latest executive order protecting religious freedoms was a Republican prayer during the 2016 general election that has now been answered.
Trump’s order, which was signed at a White House Rose Garden ceremony, was a move to keep the IRS from taking “adverse action” religious groups and organizations that dabble in political activities.
“…The order prevents the IRS from expanding its restrictions on political activity by religious groups. It also provides “regulatory relief” for organizations that object on religious grounds to a provision in Obamacare that mandates employers provide certain health services, including coverage for contraception.”-CNN
Like I said, Republicans are all smiles about Trump’s order, especially the now-famed House Freedom Caucus, which put out the following statement of support:
“President Trump’s executive order on religious liberty is a major step toward fulfilling his campaign promise to protect the first freedom of all Americans – the right to free exercise of religion. Today’s order reins in an IRS that has been wielding its power to silence Americans. President Trump’s guidelines to federal agencies will make sure that people of faith are protected, not discriminated against.
This order also addresses Obamacare’s mandate that forces groups like the Little Sisters of the Poor to cover contraception and abortifacients in their health insurance plans. As Congress works to repeal Obamacare, this move by the Trump administration shows the president’s commitment to protecting the conscience rights of all Americans, and we applaud him for it.”
Former Rep. Allen West was pleased with the executive order…
— Allen West (@AllenWest) May 4, 2017
And then there are the detractors of the order…
We won't give 1 inch on attempts to attack LGBTQ people. We will fight tooth & nail against Trump's #LicenseToDiscriminate executive order!
— HumanRightsCampaign (@HRC) May 3, 2017
— American Atheists (@AmericanAtheist) May 2, 2017