Atheist group sues Trump over 'religious liberty' executive order

Atheist group sues Trump over 'religious liberty' executive order

Atheist group sues Trump over 'religious liberty' executive order

The order also asks the government to issue rules that would allow religious groups such as the Little Sister of the Poor to deny their employees insurance coverage for services that they oppose on religious grounds, such as birth-control pills.

As Conservative Review pointed out earlier in the day, the ACLU has a point, as the long-anticipated move merely left it to administration officials to provide "regulatory relief" to those affected by Obamacare's more onerous mandates and not act discriminatorily to religious nonprofits.

"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.

President Donald Trump campaigned on being a "real friend" to the gay community, but several LGBT rights organizations said the religious liberty executive order he signed Thursday could open the doors for more discrimination against gay Americans. "I think they oughta have a voice but I'm just totally against getting the political arena in the church arena", said Cooper.

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The American Civil Liberties Union plans to challenge the order in court, saying the president is "using religion as a wedge to further divide the country and permit discrimination".

Summary: President Donald Trump has signed an executive order that will allow churches to participate in politics without fear of losing their tax-exempt status.

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

United States law prohibits tax-exempt religious organizations and churches from intervening on behalf of or in opposition to political candidates.

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The executive order will direct the IRS and Treasury Department to exercise "maximum enforcement discretion" in enforcing the amendment, the official said, speaking on the condition of anonymity.

As GOOD reported Wednesday, groups including GLAAD and the National LGBTQ Task Force, were condemning the order before it was even signed.

The FFRF is calling the order unconstitutional. "Today's executive order will not affect that longstanding policy", said LDS Church spokesman Eric Hawkins. "Tell the president that the nation's first liberty demands more respect-and more protection-than the unsafe nothingness of this executive order".

"Though we appreciate the spirit of today's gesture, vague instructions to federal agencies simply leaves them wiggle room to ignore that gesture, regardless of the spirit in which it was intended", Farris said in a statement.

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