Trump signs executive order giving more freedom to federally funded religious groups

By Gregory Korte

WASHINGTON — President Trump signed an executive order revamping the White House office on faith issues on Thursday, restoring a Bush-era initiative to get religious groups more involved in providing federally funded social services.

The executive order repeals Obama administration rules limiting the ability of groups getting federal funds to preach to those they serve. Under the Trump order, faith-based groups will no longer have to refer beneficiaries to alternative programs if they object to the religious teachings.

“As president, I will always protect religious liberty,” Trump said.

Trump signed the order in a Rose Garden ceremony for the National Day of Prayer, where he declared, “Faith is more powerful than government, and nothing is more powerful than God.”

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