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"It gives me the freedom, from the pulpit, to peach about values and policy, but to be protected from partisanship", said Pesner, who runs the social and advocacy arm of Reform Judaism, the largest American Jewish movement.
The order also offers relief to groups who have religious objections to providing certain healthcare services- a complaint that arose when the Affordable Care Act required insurers to provide contraception.
Evangelical Christian leader Russell Moore said the order is "more symbolic than substantive".
"Today's announcement is a great day for the Little Sisters", Windham said.
"I am pleased that the Commander in Chief has made a decision to support the Constitutional liberty guaranteed in the First Amendment of the Bill of Rights".
Both praise and criticism following the President's new executive order that could allow religious groups to become more politically active. "After careful review of the order's text we have determined that the order does not meaningfully alter the ability of religious institutions or individuals to intervene in the political process". Such an order would radically redefine what constitutes a religious organization, and reports of its consideration raised widespread backlash and predictions that the rules would not hold up in court.
As well, Trevor Potter, the president of the Campaign Legal Center, said, "For decades, the charitable political activities prohibition has kept tax-exempt religious institutions focused on their religious missions, freeing them from the pressures associated with partisan political campaigns".
Though the IRS does not make public its investigations of such cases, it is believed that the rule rarely has been enforced. Despite Trump's order, Green doesn't seeing that changing, as to do so might produce an adverse effect.
Since the Constitution guarantees freedom of religion, freedom of speech and the separation of church and state, sorting out how we balance all of those important and sometimes competing rights is the job of the judiciary, not of the executive branch.
On Thursday, several Jewish groups and leaders came out against the executive order, saying the amendment was a bulwark that prevents the mixing of prayer and politics.
Still, Mark Silk, a professor at Trinity College in CT who writes extensively on religious freedom, called the planned actions as described by the White House as "very weak tea", especially compared to the draft religious freedom executive order that leaked earlier this year, That document contained sweeping provisions on conscience protection for faith-based ministries, schools and federal workers across an array of agencies.
The executive order pledges to "vigorously enforce Federal law's robust protections for religious freedom". "It would undermine my moral authority as a guardian of religious tradition". "We must never infringe on the noble tradition of change from the church and progress from the pew".
"Free speech does not end at the steps of a cathedral or a synagogue, or any other house of worship", the president said. A repeal would require congressional action.
"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.
"If you noticed the people at the press conference - they were all most of the agency heads who will be affected by this executive order".
After finishing his message, President Trump then moved to a desk set up in the Rose Garden, where he signed the two-fold executive order, handing the first pen to Dr. Alveda King, in honor of her uncle, Martin Luther King Jr., and giving the second pen to Pastor Paula White, because "she fought hard" for this. They said the IRS rule protects houses of worship and religious groups from political pressure.
Briefing reporters ahead of the signing on Wednesday evening, a senior official downplayed the possibility that churches would soon act as political groups advocating for particular candidates.
It's created to further weaken enforcement of an IRS rule barring churches and non-profits from endorsing political candidates.
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