ACLU Promises Litigation on Today's Trump Executive Order

17 May, 2017, 02:02 | Author: Ruben Patrick
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The American Civil Liberties Union is not that anxious about President Trump's new "religious liberty" executive order.

That being said, 1,300 faith leaders wrote an open letter to Trump opposing the order.

As governor of Indiana, Pence signed a religious freedom law that was widely denounced as discriminatory and offensive to LGBT individuals.

On the other side, far-right religious freedom advocates are arguing that the order does not go far enough.

US President Donald Trump today signed an executive order which he said would stop the federal government from using the power of the state as a "weapon" against people of faith, bullying and even punishing Americans for following their religious beliefs. The group wants the court to declare that it gives preferential treatment to churches and halt the IRS from implementing it.

Trump can not fully lift the restrictions by presidential fiat, and his action on Thursday is not likely to fully satisfy those seeking the full revocation of the amendment.

However, even Trump's usual supporters aren't fans of the bill, but only because the order doesn't go far enough, as conservative news outlet The National Review explained in a post, calling the order a failure, "While there is no one single reason why Donald Trump won the presidency, this much I do know: If Evangelical voters had not turned out in mass numbers, he would be sitting in NY right now plotting the comeback of Trump Steaks".

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Under that amendment, the tax code prohibits organizations that enjoy tax-free status from participating in a political campaign or supporting any one candidate for elective office.

There is a future legal battle coming down the road on the Johnson Amendment, but the actual Trump executive turned out not to live up to the White House hype.

Another part of Thursday's executive order is giving "regulatory relief" to companies like Hobby Lobby who object to the Obamacare mandate for contraception in health care.

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

"I just don't see it, how it changes anything in particular and I think sometime a lot of these executive orders are symbolic rather than substantive", said Young.

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

"We're doing a giant U-turn", Jeffress said. "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 unsafe andill advised for the government'sinterest and for houses ofworship".

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