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Trump signs religious liberty order

17 May 2017

"President Trump's executive order today seeks to allow even more employers to deny their employees this necessary health care service under the guise of their personal religious views", Adrienne Mansanares, Chief Experience Officer of Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains said. But the Trump Administration's plan to secure religious liberty are drawing criticism from faith leaders and civil, human and reproductive rights groups.

He vowed to defend all faiths, saying the order showed the United States "will never stand for religious discrimination".

"If this possible executive order is similar to February's draft, it would do nothing except give a national license to discriminate, and endanger LGBTQ people and their families", GLAAD President and CEO Sarah Kate Ellis said in a statement prior to the signing.

He said he was giving churches their voices back.

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Trump promised evangelical voters during the presidential campaign that he would "totally destroy" the law.

But it does not provide what many religious groups were hoping for and what many secular groups feared: There is no exemption from anti-discrimination laws for those who object to LGBT issues on moral or religious grounds.

Vander Plaats added that Trump's executive order is a step in the right direction. National Public Radio reports that the IRS has only invoked the Johnson Amendment once, using it to revoke the tax-exempt status of a church that took out a full-page newspaper advertisement opposing former president Bill Clinton in 1992.

Some Mississippi religious leaders are expressing mixed emotions about the president's executive order to allow religious organizations to become more politically active.

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Trump would need Congress to rescind the Johnson Amendment, but he can instruct his administration not to enforce it through executive order. "Today's executive order will not affect that longstanding policy", said LDS Church spokesman Eric Hawkins.

However, there are also a number of religious groups who have publicly supported Trump and his new order.

In his remarks, Trump said that "pastors, priests and imams" were targeted by the Johnson amendment, and would be freer to engage in political activity under his executive order. "IF YOU'RE GOING TO WORK FOR THE PEOPLE, THEN YOU HAVE TO ABIDE BY THE DECISIONS OF THE PEOPLE " The Interfaith Alliance of Iowa said today - "President Trump's executive order is risky andill advised for the government'sinterest and for houses ofworship". Romero said: "After careful review of the order's text we have determined that the order does not meaningfully alter the ability of religious institutions or individuals to intervene in the political process".

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Trump signs religious liberty order