Donald Trump is hell bent on keeping his promises that he made during his campaign now more than ever, considering the approved “Omnibus Spending Bill” that continues funding government supported non-profit Planned Parenthood was signed on May 1st, and is expected to pass later on this week.
On Thursday, Mr. Trump will sign the “religious liberty executive order,” a law authorizing the companies and businesses to openly and freely discriminate against the LGBTQ community, and any groups that corporations feel disagree with their religious beliefs.
While the plan has not been finalized, according to Politico, it’s been confirmed that Trump has invited conservative leaders to the White House for the “ceremonial signing.”
Immediately, the VP and his team, “Quickly began working behind the scenes to revise the language, and in recent weeks have ratcheted up the pressure on Trump to sign it.”
The original act, which was leaked on February 1st, preserves “Americans and their religious organizations,” and claims that, “They will not be coerced by the Federal Government into participating in activities that violate their conscience.”
However, changes to the religious order seem inconsequential, as the new draft’s “Language is very, very strong,” a source tells Politico.
“The Secretaries of Health and Human Services, Labor, and Treasury shall immediately issue an interim final rule that exempts from the preventative-care mandate set forth in 42 U.S.C. 300gg-13(a)(4) all persons and religious organizations that object to complying with the mandate for religious or moral reasons.”
“This executive order would appear to require agencies to provide extensive exemptions from a staggering number of federal laws—without regard to whether such laws substantially burden religious exercise,” Marty Lederman, a professor at Georgetown University, previously told The Nation.
A contentious move by all means, the act opens up a substantial amount of backlash regarding future advancements placed by the Trump administration.