Jim Daly: Trump upholds religious freedom with new executive order, benefiting all Americans

Religious freedom in school

Trump promoting religious freedom

Trump 2020 senior legal adviser Jenna Ellis discusses the president’s decision to unveil guidance and protections for public school prayer.

President Trump acted in the best interests of the American people Thursday when he signed an executive order to bolster and protect the rights of students to pray and discuss God in their schools. The order champions and reinforces the freedom of religion guaranteed to us in the Constitution as one of our most important rights.

The president appropriately took the action on National Religious Freedom Day. His executive order also ensures that religious entities are not excluded from participating in government-funded programs.

The presidential bully pulpit is never better utilized than when it upholds our country’s first freedoms spelled out in the Constitution’s Bill of Rights.

Critics of religious freedom often accuse people like me of wanting to establish a theocracy in the public schools, transforming classrooms into churches and auditoriums into worship centers. But this simply isn’t true.

We’re not looking to coerce or force anyone to accept our beliefs – we simply want government to respect our constitutionally derived right to freely express our own deeply held faith.

In America, you don’t lose your religious freedom when you step from the street into the classroom.

Over the years, I’ve watched countless students and business owners denied their constitutional rights when trying to express matters of faith. Discrimination comes in many forms, but its victims all suffer in some form or fashion.

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