Wisconsin-based atheist group sues Trump over church order

But the head of Log Cabin Republicans, a group that represents gay conservatives, said the idea that the executive order harms gay Americans is "total nonsense".

President Trump signed an executive order today, easing the religious liberty and free speech restrictions placed upon 501c3 non-profit churches and other organizations. Young thinks churches should be able to do so, without losing their tax-exempt status. He said it would protect Americans' religious freedom from government interference.

"Once again, stories about a Trump "anti-LGBT executive order" were total nonsense", Gregory T. Angelo told CNN.

However, the church does encourage its members to be politically active in their communities and support whichever platforms or candidates they feel best represents them. "I said for the evangelicals that we're going to do something that nobody's even tried to do", Trump said at the GOP convention.

The White House has indicated that this measure is just the beginning of a long road to dismantle the Johnson Amendment. Under my administration, free speech does not end at the steps of a cathedral or a synagogue or any other house of worship.

The Rev. Rick Stansberry, senior pastor of Christ the King Catholic Church in Nichols Hills, said he was glad to know there would be some relief for organizations like the Little Sisters of the Poor, a Roman Catholic religious order who aid the elderly poor.

Kind says, now more than 100 religious organizations have sent a letter to Congress expressing disapproval of the order.

"With this executive order, we are ending the attacks on your religious liberty". Most employers are now required to provide birth control services.

At least one Jewish group, the Orthodox Union, applauded the order. "Just because we are a pastor, just because we stand beside a pulpit, we don't give up our constitutional rights".

A statement released with the order said that "it shall be the policy of the executive branch to vigorously enforce Federal law's robust protections for religious freedom", while the president said that he would instruct the Justice Department to come up with a set of regulations to set a precedent for that process.

Like conservatives, we see Trump's executive order as a first step. A key target of the executive order is the so-called "Johnson Amendment", which Trump promised during the campaign to repeal.

"Faith is deeply embedded into the history of our country, the spirit of our founding and the soul of our nation", he continued.

In a separate post, he explained that federal agencies like the IRS rarely take action against churches or religious groups which violate the Johnson Amendment as a matter of course, making Trump's order something of an empty gesture. Religious leaders showed their support for the order by being present at the White House during the signing ceremony, Reuters details. It does not restrict clergy from speaking on issues of public or political importance.

The poll shows 71 percent of Americans favor the law, as do most all major US religious groups Only about one-third of white evangelical Protestants favor allowing churches to endorse candidates, compared to 56 percent who oppose it. "What if a congregant asks a pastor for an endorsement when the pastor has endorsed other candidates in other elections?"

Related news:

Hot News

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top And it should feature Anthony Joshua
May 07, 2017 - 12:45
Joshua said his post-fight treat of apple crumble had disappointed him, saying he preferred a "cheap Tesco one". Fury is not that impressed with Joshua's victory against Klitschko.

Syria accuses Israel of strike near Damascus airport
May 07, 2017 - 12:25
Four cargo planes originating from Tehran landed in Damascus hours before the strike, according to Flightradar24.com. Things are getting tense between Israel and Syria, with the latest provocation coming before sunrise Thursday.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Moto Z2 Play slims down at the expense of battery life
May 06, 2017 - 02:26
It's been long we have seen a decent tablet and that is mainly because of how tablet market has been deteriorating with time. It makes this supposed "Moto" tablet sound pretty interesting, but again, the Productivity Mode is all we know about.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Check Here! Kerala (DHSE) 10th & 12th Exam Results 2017 Declared @ keralaresults
May 06, 2017 - 02:23
For SSLC Results 2017 more than 5 lakh students had written the exams whereas the expected passing percentage is around 94 %. Even the final examination was not without controversy with at least 11 questions of the model exam being repeated.

New 'Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2' Sneak Peek Released
May 06, 2017 - 02:21
His tableaus can work their B-movie charms: a Ravagers mutiny, where dissenters are ejected into space, is harrowing. According to Comicbook , it is likely that Sylvester Stallone's Starhawk will take the lead in the fourth film.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Kangana Ranaut To Wield Megaphone in 2018
May 06, 2017 - 02:20
But both the films were offered to me. "I saw Baahubali 2 recently and thought it was an extraordinary film". During the press meet she worn a net floral sequined sari from the collection of ace designer Sabyasachi.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Wellness and Prevention: May is Mental Health Awareness Month
May 06, 2017 - 02:20
Mental health services are under increasing demand and more work is needed in the sector, the Minister of Health says. CMHA encourages everyone to raise their voices and to be more vocal about depression and other mental health topics.

Scott Disick Kourtney Betrayed Me
May 06, 2017 - 02:20
They have remained close for the sake of their sons Mason , seven, and Reign , two, and four-year-old daughter Penelope . The mum-of-three recently took to Snapchat to flaunt some gifts she received from her make up artist, Joyce Bonelli .

Blues vs. Predators 2017
May 04, 2017 - 22:58
Two occurred in the first 8 1/2 minutes of the second period when Nashville buzzed their zone at will. Alex Pietrangelo and Co. limited the Wild to only four even-strength goals throughout the series.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Popular Telugu TV actor Pradeep Kumar kills self in Hyderabad
May 04, 2017 - 22:53
Hyderabad ACP Ramanakumar told The News Minute , "The body has been sent for post mortem and we are waiting for the report ". Police is investigating the case but no clue has been found till now and there was no suicide note.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Led Zeppelin reunion rumors sparked by cryptic Robert Plant message
May 04, 2017 - 22:53
Frontman Robert Plant has sent fans into a frenzy by posting three little words on his site : 'Any time now'. That performance was later released as Celebration Day , a bit of which you can check out below.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Burning Stock on the move: Vornado Realty Trust (VNO)
May 04, 2017 - 22:48
The Company's consumer matching solutions allow families to search for, qualify, vet, connect with and select caregivers. After this sale, 5,420 common shares of QTS are directly owned by the insider, with total stake valued at $275,824.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Premature lambs kept alive in 'plastic bag' womb
May 03, 2017 - 00:41
The research team tested the wombs on 7 premature lambs, 5 of them born extremely premature and 3 born slightly less premature. Today, premature infants weighing as little as 500 grammes are connected to ventilators and other machines inside incubators.

Canton tornado survivor: 'It hit so hard, so fast'
May 03, 2017 - 00:25
Officials in Washington County reported that a water rescue turned into a recovery without giving more detail on the victim. Tornados reportedly tore roofs from houses, ripped trees out of the ground and tossed cars around "like toys".

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Cops searching for suspect in Dallas paramedic shooting
May 03, 2017 - 00:24
Though the union initially reported that a firefighter was shot, the Dallas Fire-Rescue Department later said it was a paramedic. The suspect is described as a bald black male about 5ft 8in tall, weighing around 14 stone and walking with a limp.