Published: Thu, May 11, 2017
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Trump signs religious liberty order

Trump signs religious liberty order

TRUMP: Under this rule, if a pastor, priest or imam speaks about issues of public or political importance, they are threatened with the loss of their tax-exempt status.

The Freedom From Religion Foundation, or FFRF, a Wisconsin-based nonprofit that advocates for the separation of church and state, filed a lawsuit Thursday in Madison federal court against President Donald Trump and IRS Commissioner Josh Koskinen, the same day the executive order was signed.

DAVID SAPERSTEIN: What is a pastor to if a congregant who's a major donor says, I'll give you the gift this year but only if you endorse such a candidate?

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The order is also created to allow religious groups to avoid a mandate to provide contraception coverage under President Obama's healthcare law, the Affordable Care Act, potentially expanding an exemption that had been carved out in the courts. "We think people have a right to conscious, they have a right to exercise their religion, it's one of their basic rights", said Franklin.

"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.

Among other things, that version included a provision that could have allowed federal contractors to discriminate against LGBT employees or single mothers on the basis of faith. "It's harder to mobilize people because they're like let's wait and see, let's wait and see, and in today's political climate we don't always have the luxury of waiting and seeing".

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This executive order is simply a promise to dismantle the Johnson Amendment, fully repealing the amendment will require action from Congress. He said he was giving churches their voices back. The most significant portion of the order would direct the Internal Revenue Service to "exercise maximum enforcement discretion" in enforcing the Johnson amendment, which restricts religious groups from endorsing political candidates without risking their tax-exempt status. And it asks the attorney general to issue guidance on federal religious liberty protections. The president had also said that he wanted to do away with the Johnson Amendment, a provision that prohibits religious institutions from supporting or opposing political parties and candidates.

"This financial threat against the faith community is over", Trump said Thursday. Rabbi David Saperstein, who served as President Obama's ambassador for International Religious Freedom, told a congressional committee today that clergy making political endorsements would further polarize religious communities.

He said in February he would "totally destroy" the amendment.

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