Here’s Exact Text of Trump’s Exec. Order as He Makes Historic Stand for Religious Freedom

May 04, 2017May 04, 2017

During the National Day of Prayer on Thursday, President Trump made a speech and signed an executive order to protect religious freedom in America.

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Trump promised to make a massive shift in the federal government's treatment of religious individuals and institutions, including eliminating enforcement of the Johnson Amendment.

Here is the exact text of his "Promoting Free Speech and Religious Liberty" executive order, according to CNN.


By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, in order to guide the executive branch in formulating and implementing policies with implications for the religious liberty of persons and organizations in America, and to further compliance with the Constitution and with applicable statutes and Presidential Directives, it is hereby ordered as follows:

Section 1. Policy. It shall be the policy of the executive branch to vigorously enforce Federal law's robust protections for religious freedom. The Founders envisioned a Nation in which religious voices and views were integral to a vibrant public square, and in which religious people and institutions were free to practice their faith without fear of discrimination or retaliation by the Federal Government. For that reason, the United States Constitution enshrines and protects the fundamental right to religious liberty as Americans' first freedom. Federal law protects the freedom of Americans and their organizations to exercise religion and participate fully in civic life without undue interference by the Federal Government. The executive branch will honor and enforce those protections.

Sec. 2. Respecting Religious and Political Speech. All executive departments and agencies (agencies) shall, to the greatest extent practicable and to the extent permitted by law, respect and protect the freedom of persons and organizations to engage in religious and political speech. In particular, the Secretary of the Treasury shall ensure, to the extent permitted by law, that the Department of the Treasury does not take any adverse action against any individual, house of worship, or...STORY CONTINUES ON NEXT PAGE

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