Over 100 conservative leaders have signed a letter urging President Donald Trump to sign an executive order on religious freedom that will protect the rights of businesses and individuals to act in accordance with their religious convictions on marriage and sexuality without fear of government backlash.
The letter was sent to Trump on Wednesday by members of the Council for National Policy, a coalition of leading social conservative activists headed by Family Research Council President Tony Perkins.
“You are doing something rare in American politics. You are fulfilling campaign promises. We thank you, especially for the steps you have already taken in your young administration to uphold our First Freedom, the freedom of religion,” a copy of the letter obtained by The Christian Post states. “We are writing to ask that you continue these efforts to defend religious freedom by issuing an executive order protecting the practical exercise of religious freedom.”
The letter comes as it has been reported that a draft religious freedom order has circulated through the Trump administration.
The White House initially contended that the reported draft order was just one of hundreds of draft orders making their rounds in the administration and that the administration didn’t have immediate plans to issue the order.
However, Ken Blackwell, the domestic policy chair of Trump‘s transition team, told The Huffington Post this week that the religious freedom order is still in the works and “in the process of redrafting.”
In fact, The Huffington Post piece cited Blackwell as assuring that the prospect of the religious freedom order is “far from dead.”
The Council for National Policy’s letter explains that a number of policies and mandates implemented during the Obama administration have been destructive to the First Amendment rights of the American people and much-needed charitable religious institutions.
SOURCE: SAMUEL SMITH
The Christian Post