"We're going to start protecting religious liberty instead of assaulting it".
"Today we are grateful for the President's order and look forward to the agencies giving us an exemption so that we can continue caring for the elderly poor and dying as if they were Christ himself without the fear of government punishment", it read.
On the National Day of Prayer, President Trump signed an executive order promised to "protect and vigorously promote religious liberty".
"It's been happening", he said.
The order's signing, coinciding with the National Day of Prayer, fulfills a key campaign promise by Trump, who once told a crowd of religious leaders that he envisioned a future in which they would be able to openly support political candidates.
President Donald Trump signs an executive order aimed at easing an IRS rule limiting political activity for churches, Thursday, May 4, 2017, in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington.
"We'd certainly like to keep the rights that we presently have, or at least the rights that we did have up until recently when we were challenged", says The Catholic League's Bill Donahue.
As a candidate and shortly after taking office, Trump declared that he would "totally destroy" what is known as the Johnson Amendment, the long-standing ban on churches and other tax-exempt organizations supporting political candidates.
The order is also created to allow religious groups to avoid a mandate to provide contraception coverage under President Obama's healthcare law, the Affordable Care Act, potentially expanding an exemption that had been carved out in the courts.
The executive order will also protect non-profit and religious organizations from the ObamaCare mandate that forced them to provide contraceptives and abortion-inducing drugs and devices at no cost to the employees.
This executive order directs the Internal Revenue Service not to unfairly target churches and religious organisations for political speech.
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"Congress needs to codify particularly the repeal of the Johnson Amendment", he states.
"IT ALLOWS FOLKS TO DISCRIMINATE AND BASICALLY JUST SAY, WELL THAT'S MY RELIGIOUS BELIEF SO I GET TO TREAT PEOPLE BADLY" ButMinister David Sickelka, thinkit could only create more problems, and discrimination.
Rev. Starkovich said in his line of work there will be times that political and social issues are brought into the pulpit, but it never violates the Johnson Amendment. "President Trump's executive order reportedly aims to gut the Johnson Amendment and clear the way for the Religious Right to weaponize their churches for partisan battle".
"No one should be censoring sermons or targeting pastors".