Trump Administration Follows Through on Protecting Religious Freedom

Today, the Trump administration announced it would be taking three important, new steps to better protect life and religious liberty: 1.) The administration officially issued a rule which will protect the religious freedom of employers who object to the Obama administration’s “contraception mandate,” finally providing relief to groups such as the Little Sisters of the Poor who had taken their case all the way to the Supreme Court. Importantly, the new rule also expands exemption from the mandate to cover the religious and moral objections of non-profit organizations, for-profit, government contractors, non-government employees, institutions of higher education, individuals, and even insurance

Trump Admin Submits New Rule to Protect Little Sisters, End HHS Mandate

With their commander-in-chief back in the country after his first overseas trip as president, federal officials in the Trump administration are moving towards fulfilling one of his key campaign promises. A newly drafted rule submitted this past week for review will reportedly solidify religious liberty protections for the Little Sisters of the Poor and other religious groups, who had previously been threatened with penalties for refusing to provide contraception coverage as part of their health insurance plans. Back in October 2016, in a letter to leaders of Catholic organizations, then Republican nominee Trump wrote: I will make absolutely certain religious

What Trump’s Religious Freedom Order Does — And What It Doesn’t Do

This piece was co-authored by Emmett McGroarty, a senior fellow at the American Principles Project. Several months ago, to the jubilation of conservatives and the dismay of leftists, the press reported on the draft of a strong executive order on religious liberty that President Trump was rumored to be considering. The draft was quickly withdrawn. Yesterday — the National Day of Prayer — the President signed a different executive order that will supposedly address threats to religious freedom. But the replacement order has been so watered down from its predecessor that people of faith have little reason to celebrate. The

Why Is the Trump Administration Still Going After Nuns?

When he was a presidential candidate, Donald Trump promised to protect the First Amendment and end the Obama Administration’s war against religious liberty. He specifically assured Catholics in a letter in October of last year that he would stop the federal government from suing the Little Sisters of the Poor over the Obamacare HHS mandate, promising that lawsuits like that were “a hostility to religious liberty you will never see in a Trump Administration.” If he still intends to honor that promise, he has some work to do. As Tim Carney at the Washington Examiner reports, the federal government is