Ever the charlatan, Trump used the National Day of Prayer to pretend he is a pious Christian and signed an executive order that allows federal agencies to work with and fund religious organizations. He claimed the move was to “ensure that faith-based organizations have equal access to government funding” because “faith is more powerful than government, and nothing is more powerful than God.”
Gag me with a wooden spoon.
The new order will require every agency to staff a "Faith and Opportunity Office" that will answer to Jeff Sessions and his religious liberty guidelines.
Rachel Laser of Americans United for Separation of Church and State says the order is just another of Trump’s attempts to “redefine religious freedom to mean the freedom to discriminate against those who do not share your religious beliefs.”
Mmm...maybe, but it is hard to imagine Trump actually has any long-term plans for well, anything. Perhaps, Mike Pence has the desecration of Freedom of Religion on his to-do list, but it is more likely Trump just likes to listen to the Evangelicals applaud him.
Oh, and Trump did get his applause, in fact, the Evangelicals were practically orgasmic claiming that Trump “delivered on his promises to the faith community” and that he has “significantly advanced religious freedom.”
If by advancing religious freedom the Evangelicals mean moving us one step closer to becoming a real world Gilead...then yes, religious freedom has been advanced. Thanks, Trump.