Tell Your Senators to Reverse Trump’s Religious Discrimination Order
May 19, 2017
Earlier this month, President Trump issued an executive order “Promoting Free Speech and Religious Liberty.” In reality, this order declares this administration’s intent to privilege religion over all other concerns.
The order is intended to ease the restrictions on politicking by tax exempt religious institutions and “provide regulatory relief” to those who hold religious objections to the preventative care mandate of the Affordable Care Act. As the Center for Inquiry (CFI) said in our statement, Trump’s order — signed on the National Day of Prayer — is nothing more than a cynical pander to the religious right, “more troubling for what it represents than what it actually accomplishes.”
However, the order lays the groundwork for discrimination against women, LGBTQ individuals, religious minorities, and others under the pretext of religious freedom.
In response, three U.S. senators have now introduced a bill (S. 1114) that would nullify the effect of this order by simply stating it “shall have no force or effect.”
The United States has largely avoided the religious conflict and strife that afflict other parts of the world by keeping religion and government separate. Trump’s order is in direct opposition to this founding principle.
CFI urges you to use our pre-written form to write to your U.S. senators and urge them to support and work for passage of S. 1114. Also, the most effective way to follow-up is by calling your U.S. senators to reiterate your views. The Capitol switchboard can be reached at (202) 224-3121, and all you need is your zip code to be connected to your senators’ office.