This first executive order on religious liberty comes at a good time. Just this week, the ACLU filed a lawsuit against a Catholic hospital for the so-called “crime” of being Catholic.
That’s exactly why I say this will be Trump’s “first” religious liberty executive order…. because I hope and expect that the Trump administration will take further actions to protect religious liberty for all Americans.
This executive order on religious liberty is an important first step, but it is incomplete.
While we are very supportive of this executive order, these anti-freedom lawsuits will only continue to harass our Catholic institutions and bog down our federal courts -- until Congress and the Administration make crystal clear that our schools, hospitals, and charities enjoy First Amendment religious freedom protections. Simply providing relief from the HHS mandate is not sufficient. These organizations should be free to pursue their religious mission and practice their faith in every respect.
But today is a great day. And a fitting tribute to the National Day of Prayer.
We should all be thankful for the Little Sisters of the Poor for being on the front lines.
They fought for our First Amendment right to religious liberty.
So let’s thank President Trump for restoring religious liberty.
And let’s also show our appreciation to the Little Sisters for all they do to help the poor.