By Pete Baklinski
Conservatives say it’s “woefully inadequate.”
WASHINGTON, D.C., May 4, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) — President Donald Trump signed an executive order on religious liberty this morning. The order, titled “Promoting Free Speech and Religious Liberty,” allows churches to speak about politics from the pulpit while keeping their tax-exempt status and it provides regulatory relief for ordinary Americans who don’t subscribe to gender ideology or believe in same-sex “marriage.”
However, religious liberty advocates say it does not go nearly far enough.
The Order was signed in the White House Rose Garden on the National Day of Prayer.
“Today my administration is leading by example as we take historic steps to protect religious liberty in the United States of America,” said President Trump during his speech.
“We will not allow people of faith to be targeted, bullied, or silenced anymore. And we will never ever stand for religious discrimination. Never ever,” he said.
Read executive order “Promoting Free Speech and Religious Liberty” here.
During his speech, the president called up to the stage the Little Sisters of the Poor who were forced under the Obama administration HHS Mandate to pay for contraceptives for their employees.
The President said that “for too long the federal government has used the power of the state as a weapon against people of faith, bullying and even punishing Americans for following their religious beliefs.”
“That is why I am signing today an Executive Order to defend the freedom of religion and speech in America, the freedoms that we’ve wanted the freedoms that you have fought for for so long,” he added.
“No American should be forced to choose between the dictates of the federal government and the tenants of their faith,” he said.
Trump called it an “eternal truth” that “freedom is not a gift from government; freedom is a gift from God.”
During a September 2015 campaign speech at the Iowa Faith and Family Coalition, Donald Trump said the “first priority of my administration will be to preserve and protect our religious liberty.”
Trump’s promise was largely in reaction to the sufferings of Christians across America who were persecuted under the Obama administration’s push for the homosexual agenda.
Under Obama’s mandate, Christian bakers, wedding photographers, florists, counselors, healthcare workers, bed-and-breakfast owners and many others have been fined or lost their jobs for refusing to compromise their Christian beliefs on marriage and sexuality when asked to do so by homosexual activists.
During his Sept. 9, 2016 speech at the Value Voters Summit, Trump promised to “protect and defend” religious liberty.