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Feb 23, 2018

President Trump is fulfilling his constitutional obligation by signing an executive order that prioritizes religious liberty within the Trump Administration. Learn how the president did so at FirstLiberty.org/Briefing.


On the 2017 National Day of Prayer, President Trump took a remarkable step in support of religious liberty.

President Trump assembled religious leaders from a variety of faith traditions in the Rose Garden of the White House. In addition to making remarks about the National Day of Prayer, the President signed an executive order strengthening religious liberty.

The executive action prioritizes religious liberty within the Trump administration, encouraging the HHS Secretary to consider rules alleviating the religious conscience of those impacted by Obamacare, while ordering the IRS to decline enforcement of the Johnson Amendment, and directing the Attorney General to issue guidance to all executive agencies on the law governing religious liberty.

This executive order is one of the ways in which the President is fulfilling his constitutional obligation to ensure that the laws passed by the legislature be faithfully executed. Moreover, the executive order reigns in those administrative agencies that have, in recent years, often ignored the laws governing religious liberty.

As my boss, Kelly Shackelford said after the President signed the order, “Our country was founded on the promise that its government would respect the religious liberty of its people. America’s commitment to freedom—and especially religious freedom—should be our national priority.”

Much work remains in defense of religious liberty, but, with this order, the President has set his administration on good footing.

To learn how First Liberty is protecting religious liberty for all Americans, visit FirstLiberty.org.

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