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5/4/17

USA: Trump Signs 'Religious Liberty' Executive Order Allowing for Broad Exemptions - NBC News

President Donald Trump on Thursday made good on a promise to allow religious organizations greater freedom in political speech.

"Faith is deeply embedded into the history of our country, the spirit of our founding and the soul of our nation," Trump said in the Rose Garden at a National Day of Prayer event with religious leaders and White House staff. "We will not allow people of faith to be targeted, bullied or silenced anymore."

The president declared his administration would be "leading by example" on religious liberty in the United States.

Religious leaders prayed in the garden just before Trump signed the executive order.

Trump promised during the campaign to dismantle the Johnson Amendment, which bans tax-exempt organizations like churches from political speech and activities. His executive order relaxes IRS enforcement of that ban. While the executive order signals a promise kept, fully repealing the Johnson amendment would require Congressional action.
\Trump Signs 'Religious Liberty' Executive Order Allowing for Broad Exemptions - NBC News

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