Family Policy Alliance and its alliance of 40 state-based groups is sending a letter urging President Trump to sign a religious freedom Executive Order.
The order would strengthen protections for individuals and business owners who don’t want to be forced to violate their deeply held beliefs.
“On the campaign trail, the President repeatedly told evangelical groups he would do everything he could to strengthen protections for religious freedom,” explained Paul Weber, president and CEO of Family Policy Alliance. “President Trump now has the chance to stand up to the bullying against people of faith and to lead Congress in enacting strong religious freedom protections by signing this Executive Order.”
Federally, groups like Little Sisters of the Poor were forced to sue the government for tryng to force them to provide contraceptives in their healthcare plans – a violation of the teaching of their Catholic faith.
Individuals in several states had their livelihood threatened because they refused to compromise their faith to participate in same-sex weddings.
“Our network of organizations has been advocating for policy that would ensure that families in our states do not have to forfeit their faith when they do charitable work, provide education or healthcare, earn a living, start a business, or interact with their own government,” said Autumn Leva, policy director for Family Policy Alliance. “This has been difficult in a climate of government-endorsed hostility toward religion, and American families have been told to keep their faith private. President Trump’s Executive Order would be a breath of fresh air on the state of religious freedom in this country.”
Ask President Trump to sign the religious freedom executive order. And don’t forget to share this with family and friends.
Several states have passed laws that move the pendulum back toward a more family-friendly culture.
Family Policy Alliance is proud to work with 40 state-based family groups who are working to protect life, promote the family and preserve religious freedom.
Arkansas – Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson signed into law the Unborn Child Protection From Dismemberment Abortion Act.
Planned Parenthood regularly uses dilation and evacuation for abortions after the 12th or 14th week of pregnancy. That will be illegal now in the state of Arkansas.
The law is expected to be challenged in court.
North Dakota – House Bill 1386, a proposal that would have allowed men access to women’s locker rooms, restrooms and shower facilities was soundly defeated in North Dakota.
Family Policy Alliance of North Dakota asked people to contact their lawmakers and urge them to vote “no” on the bill. That effort resulted in 69 votes against and 22 votes for the measure.
South Dakota – The South Dakota Senate unanimously passed a resolution that puts pornography in the same class as other public health crises like epidemics.
The measure cites research showing that porn use can lead to risky behaviors and can even result in eating disorders and other mental health issues.
Virginia – The House of Delegates passed a bill that supports religious freedom. HB 2025 says that religious organizations and individuals such as pastors cannot be punished by the government if they refuse to participate in same-sex marriage ceremonies.
Gov. Terry McAuliffe had recently issued an executive order barring state contracts with businesses the follow the dictates of their faith. McAuliffe says he will veto the bill.
The House of Delegates also passed a resolution declaring pornography a public health crisis.
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