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Trump Statement on Safeguarding Right To Religious Freedom For Students And Organizations

Trump Statement on Safeguarding Right To Religious Freedom For Students And Organizations


Here is the President’s statement, via press
release on his new push to safeguard religious freedom in public schools: “Our Founders understood that no right is
more fundamental to a peaceful, prosperous, and virtuous society than the right to follow
one’s religious convictions.” – President Donald J. Trump ** PROTECTING PRAYER IN PUBLIC SCHOOLS: President
Donald J. Trump remains committed to protecting every student’s constitutional right to
pray in school. * The Trump Administration is taking action
to further safeguard students’ constitutionally protected right to pray in school. * President Trump is updating Federal guidance
regarding protected prayer and religious expression in public schools, which has not been issued
since 2003. + The update will help safeguard students’
rights by giving education providers and students the most current information concerning prayer
in public schools. * To receive Federal funds, local educational
agencies must confirm that their policies do not prevent or interfere with the constitutionally-protected
rights outlined in the guidance. * The updated guidance will help improve individuals’
ability to file a complaint if they are denied the ability to participate in protected religious
expression. * The new guidance makes clear that students
can read religious texts or pray during recess and other non-instructional periods, organize
prayer groups, and express their religious beliefs in their assignments. PROMOTING EQUAL TREATMENT: The Administration
is working to ensure that our Nation’s religious organizations are treated equally by the Federal
government. * The Administration is issuing nine proposed
rules to protect religious organizations from unfair and unequal treatment by the Federal
government. + The proposed rules would eliminate burdensome
Obama-era requirements that unfairly imposed unique regulatory burdens only on religious
organizations. * The Office of Management and Budget is also
releasing a memo requiring Federal agencies to ensure that the grant-making practices
of state recipients of Federal funding comply with the First Amendment. * The Trump Administration is committed to
ensuring religious organizations can compete on a level playing field for funding, without
discrimination. CHAMPIONING RELIGIOUS FREEDOM: These actions
build on President Trump’s longstanding commitment to safeguarding the fundamental
right to religious freedom. * During his first year in office, President
Trump signed an Executive Order upholding religious liberty and the right to engage
in religious speech. * President Trump signed an Executive Order
recognizing the essential contributions of faith-based organizations and establishing
the Faith and Opportunity Initiative. * The Administration continues to unequivocally
stand up for religious liberty in the courts. * President Trump reversed the Obama-era policy
that prevented the government from providing disaster relief to religious organizations. * Last year, President Trump hosted a Global
Call to Protect Religious Freedom event at the United Nations and called on the international
community and business leaders to work to protect religious freedom around the world. * The Administration has stood up for religious
liberty around the world, partnering with local and faith-based organizations to provide
assistance to vulnerable religious minorities. The above was a press release from the White
House.

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