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Springs church leaders respond to 'religious liberty' executive order

09 Мая 2017

President Donald Trump signed an executive order Thursday that will allow churches and other religious organizations to become more active politically without risking their tax-exempt status.

"This action will jeopardize women's health, equity and economic security by instructing the Department of Health and Human Services to effectively roll back a critical provision in the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that requires coverage of women's preventive health benefits", Debra L. Ness, president of the National Partnership for Women & Families, said in a statement.

"It's been happening", he said.

"Today's executive order signing was an elaborate photo-op with no discernible policy outcome". Trump's order theoretically opens the door for more organizations to claim similar exemptions.

"Once again, the LGBTQ community is moved to celebrate the idea that we have dodged a bullet", said GLSEN's executive director, Dr. Eliza Byard in a statement. Trump chose instead to focus on his vigorous opposition to the Johnson Amendment which sets limits on political activity by churches and other tax-exempt institutions.

Mississippi College Political Science Professor Glenn Antizzo says the executive order is the president's fulfillment of a promise to conservative groups whose IRS tax exempt status was denied during the Obama Administration.

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While an earlier draft of the religious liberty order reportedly would have let federal contractors discriminate against LGBT employees based on faith beliefs, today's version did not include such provisions.

The lawsuit seeks an injunction to prevent the IRS from implementing Trump's order, according to the Associated Press.

President Trump's "promoting free speech and religious liberty" order is supposed to protect individuals from negative action for political activity or expression in a religious environment.

Newsletter has been successfully subscribed. He said it would protect Americans' religious freedom from government interference.

"I will get rid of and totally destroy the Johnson amendment and allow our representatives of faith to speak freely and without fear of retribution", Trump said in February. "President Trump's executive order reportedly aims to gut the Johnson Amendment and clear the way for the Religious Right to weaponize their churches for partisan battle". What do you do if the pastor endorses one candidate and then someone else wants someone else or a member of the congregation asks?

Numerous religious leaders News 5 spoke with on Thursday from local churches, Focus on the Family, the Colorado Catholic Conference and the Family Policy Alliance all say, this is a positive step in the right direction for our community.

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