August 22, 2019

Trump’s FAKE Executive Order on Religion and Free Speech

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*Editor’s Note* – If there existed any such thing as FREE speech of FREE religious practice, there would never be an “executive action” sold as a protection. Government action, disguised as protection is nothing more than further limitation of a freedom. This Executive Order is nothing that even closely resembles ensuring the protection of free speech or freedom of religion. What is does protect is the Government’s authority over its subjects to do any damned thing they want to while calling it a freedom protection.

We have been trained to only focus on what someone tells us we should focus on. We are told we have freedom of speech and most Americans ignorantly brag about America’s exceptionalism because we have such freedoms and yet never, ever ask why those freedoms are limited more and more with each passing hour. We just believe what we are told to believe. We boast of free speech and yet with each passing hour political correctness, which is nothing more than the destroyer of free speech, is avidly promoted by the same ignoramuses standing in public with a lying, dysfunctional president promoting the continuation of the same policies of limiting free speech. And, this is not just relegated to free speech. Pick any subject. Government insures it WILL control ALL “freedoms.”

If you read the executive order correctly, you will see that it is ALL about ensuring that no laws that exist, said to protect free speech or religion, will be infringed upon. In other words, the Government will never limit it’s ability to limit your freedoms. But I question whether you can see that or not or whether you would choose to see things any other way. But, that’s your choice…albeit a government-limited choice.

Government regulation already exists, and will continue to exist, limiting free speech, freedom of religion and all other limited “freedoms” granted by the Government to us.

This executive order makes a bunch of ignorant people feel good because they are getting hung with a new rope instead of the old one used from decades before them. And they like it…evidently.

EXECUTIVE ORDER

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PROMOTING FREE SPEECH AND RELIGIOUS LIBERTY

By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, in order to guide the executive branch in formulating and implementing policies with implications for the religious liberty of persons and organizations in America, and to further compliance with the Constitution and with applicable statutes and Presidential Directives, it is hereby ordered as follows:

Section 1.  Policy.  It shall be the policy of the executive branch to vigorously enforce Federal law’s robust protections for religious freedom.  The Founders envisioned a Nation in which religious voices and views were integral to a vibrant public square, and in which religious people and institutions were free to practice their faith without fear of discrimination or retaliation by the Federal Government.  For that reason, the United States Constitution enshrines and protects the fundamental right to religious liberty as Americans’ first freedom.  Federal law protects the freedom of Americans and their organizations to exercise religion and participate fully in civic life without undue interference by the Federal Government.  The executive branch will honor and enforce those protections.

Sec. 2.  Respecting Religious and Political Speech.  All executive departments and agencies (agencies) shall, to the greatest extent practicable and to the extent permitted by law, respect and protect the freedom of persons and organizations to engage in religious and political speech.  In particular, the Secretary of the Treasury shall ensure, to the extent permitted by law, that the Department of the Treasury does not take any adverse action against any individual, house of worship, or other religious organization on the basis that such individual or organization speaks or has spoken about moral or political issues from a religious perspective, where speech of similar character has, consistent with law, not ordinarily been treated as participation or intervention in a political campaign on behalf of (or in opposition to) a candidate for public office by the Department of the Treasury.  As used in this section, the term “adverse action” means the imposition of any tax or tax penalty; the delay or denial of tax-exempt status; the disallowance of tax deductions for contributions made to entities exempted from taxation under section 501(c)(3) of title 26, United States Code; or any other action that makes unavailable or denies any tax deduction, exemption, credit, or benefit.

Sec. 3.  Conscience Protections with Respect to Preventive-Care Mandate.  The Secretary of the Treasury, the Secretary of Labor, and the Secretary of Health and Human Services shall consider issuing amended regulations, consistent with applicable law, to address conscience-based objections to the preventive-care mandate promulgated under section 300gg-13(a)(4) of title 42, United States Code.

Sec. 4.  Religious Liberty Guidance.  In order to guide all agencies in complying with relevant Federal law, the Attorney General shall, as appropriate, issue guidance interpreting religious liberty protections in Federal law.

Sec. 5.  Severability.  If any provision of this order, or the application of any provision to any individual or circumstance, is held to be invalid, the remainder of this order and the application of its other provisions to any other individuals or circumstances shall not be affected thereby.

Sec. 6.  General Provisions.  (a)  Nothing in this order shall be construed to impair or otherwise affect:

(i)   the authority granted by law to an executive department or agency, or the head thereof; or

(ii)  the functions of the Director of the Office of Management and Budget relating to budgetary, administrative, or legislative proposals.

(b)  This order shall be implemented consistent with applicable law and subject to the availability of appropriations.

(c)  This order is not intended to, and does not, create any right or benefit, substantive or procedural, enforceable at law or in equity by any party against the United States, its departments, agencies, or entities, its officers, employees, or agents, or any other person.

DONALD J. TRUMP

 

THE WHITE HOUSE,
May 4, 2017.

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