Hallelujah! Praise the Lord! President Trump hosted a “National Day of Prayer” event at the White House on Thursday, and signed a new religious liberty executive order that gives more freedom to Churches.
This will make it easier for places of worship to not only participate in politics, but also allows the faith based groups to be protected from forceful payment of things such as abortion. This was done under the regulations of Obamacare, and money from the churches was used to pay for things that they do not support or believe in. Trump stated, “We are giving our churches their voices back,” he continued, “The federal government will never, ever penalize any person for their protected religious beliefs.”
This is such a relief to hear, and has been a long time in the making. No longer are we under Obama’s reign of terror.
Washington Times reports:
At a National Day of Prayer ceremony in the White House Rose Garden, Mr. Trump signed the order directing the IRS not to “unfairly target” the tax-exempt status of churches and other religious organizations who engage in political speech.
While the action was long awaited on the right, some conservatives said they’re disappointed that it doesn’t go far enough.
The president’s order is aimed at easing an IRS provision that prohibits churches from directly opposing or endorsing political candidates. The action will direct the IRS to immediately “exercise maximum enforcement discretion to alleviate the burden” of the so-called Johnson Amendment, a tax provision dating from 1954.
The directive also will allow nonprofit organizations to deny certain health coverage for religious reasons. It’s aimed at protecting Christian groups like Little Sisters of the Poor, who have waged a court battle against the government mandate under Obamacare, from being forced to pay for abortion services.
Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price said his agency will use the order to “re-examine” Obamacare’s mandate on contraceptive services.
Price stated, “We will be taking action in short order to follow the president’s instruction to safeguard the deeply held religious beliefs of Americans who provide health insurance to their employees.”
What do you think? Are we finally taking steps in the right direction?
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