The nationalization of the ‘religious liberty’ fight, Part II

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President Donald Trump walks from the Rose Garden back to the Oval Office of the White House in Washington on Tuesday, following a presentation ceremony of the Commander-in-Chief Trophy to the Air Force Academy football team. AP/Susan Walsh

Politico.com reports that the White House is on the verge of revisiting an executive order – tabled in February – that would exempt from anti-discrimination laws those who cite religious reasons as a motivation:

President Donald Trump has invited conservative leaders to the White House on Thursday for what they expect will be the ceremonial signing of a long-awaited—and highly controversial—executive order on religious liberty, according to multiple people familiar with the situation.

 

Two senior administration officials confirmed the plan, though one cautioned that it hasn’t yet been finalized, and noted that lawyers are currently reviewing and fine-tuning the draft language. Thursday is the National Day of Prayer, and the White House was already planning to celebrate the occasion with faith leaders.

 

The signing would represent a major triumph for Vice President Mike Pence—whose push for religious-freedom legislation backfired mightily when he served as governor of Indiana—and his allies in the conservative movement.




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