Wednesday, May 3, 2017
Trump to Sign Executive Order on RELIGIOUS Liberty
WASHINGTON — President Trump is expected to mark Thursday’s National Day of Prayer by signing of an executive order on religious liberty, meeting a campaign promise to Christian conservative groups who overwhelmingly supported his election.
The order is being reviewed by lawyers and is the product of months of conversations between conservative lawmakers, religious groups and the Trump administration, a White House official told The Post.
Trump is slated to host several religious leaders for dinner at the White House on Wednesday, hours before Vice President Pence delivers the keynote address at an event for the anti-abortion group Susan B. Anthony List.
The White House official declined to comment on the contents of the executive order and warned that it could be pushed to next week depending on “a variety of circumstances.”
Trump promised to protect the rights of religious citizens at campaign rallies and meetings with his evangelical advisory board during the election. In remarks to National Prayer Breakfast attendees earlier this year, the president said the would “totally destroy” the Johnson Amendment which forbids churches and other religious organizations from engaging in political speech or campaign activities.
The anticipated executive order is likely to mirror a draft that was leaked in February that would broaden the legal protections for individuals and entities who seek religious exemptions from certain federal laws.
Civil rights leaders and LGBT advocacy groups have been quick to condemn the Trump administration for the anticipated executive order.
Representatives from the ACLU and Human Rights Campaign claimed in an email to The Post that the order would “create a sweeping license to discriminate, permit government contractors to discriminate against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans, gut coverage for women’s healthcare, and more.”