The Greatest Religious Liberty Administration of All-Time?

November 29, 2019
The Greatest Religious Liberty Administration of All-Time | First Liberty

by Jorge Gomez • 6 min read

You and I are living during one of the most unique and exceptional moments in our country’s history.

As a fellow supporter of First Liberty, you’re taking part in a historic and nationwide reclamation of religious liberty. After decades of government hostility to religious expression, people of faith like you and I are winning back our freedoms…and looking ahead to the Roaring 2020’s as an opportunity to experience a new era of religious prosperity.

As we’ve said before, together we’re making religious freedom great again.

That’s why First Liberty is deeply grateful for the historic victories God allowed us to achieve throughout this year. And of course, we’re thankful to YOU for your ongoing support in the fight to reclaim religious liberty in America.

Yet, while many of us are thankful to have more religious freedom than at any point in the last half century, there’s no denying that enemies of religious liberty are responding with more brazen and intense attacks. And it isn’t just a select few trying to chip away at our country’s most fundamental constitutional ideals—our opponents have launched an all-out war on religious freedom.

Or, as U.S. Attorney General William Barr recently put it: “This is not decay; it is organized destruction.

This relentless assault on faith has demanded that First Liberty go all in to fight for people of faith and it’s also prompted our nation’s leaders to spearhead the reclamation of America’s first freedom.

So, today we’re extending a special measure of gratitude to one group in particular, who could arguably be called the GREATEST RELIGIOUS FREEDOM ADMINISTRATION OF ALL-TIME…

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A review of the current administration’s record over the last three years shows an unwavering commitment to religious liberty.

Under their direction, numerous—and dare we say, historic—actions have been implemented, which have had a lasting impact across First Liberty’s key pillars, including our nation’s schools, the military, houses of worship, as well as government and the public arena:

  • The appointment of over 160 federal judges, strong constitutionalists who will faithfully apply the law and affirm the right of all Americans to live out their faith.
  • The signing of the 2017 Executive Order on Protecting Religious Liberty, a measure designed to advance religious freedom across all federal executive agencies.
  • The signing of the 2019 Executive Order on Improving Free Inquiry, Transparency, and Accountability at Colleges and Universities, directing higher educational institutions to encourage an open, diverse and intellectually engaging environment consistent with the principles found in our First Amendment.
  • Updating the Department of Education’s policies to allow religious organizations to receive federal funds and take part in programs that provide tutoring, mentoring and other services to students and teachers.
  • A critical policy update to Department of Veterans Affairs regulations to permit religious literature, symbols and displays across facilities nationwide.
  • Removing burdensome Federal Emergency Management Agency regulations and reinstating emergency relief for houses of worship and religious organizations.
  • Proposing new Department of Labor regulations that will afford religious organizations and businesses better and fairer treatment when they contract with our federal government.
  • Implementing a new Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) rule to make sure the Little Sisters of the Poor and other faith-based ministries would not be forced to choose between violating their religious beliefs by complying with Obamacare’s contraceptive mandate or shutting their doors.
  • Establishing the new HHS Conscience and Religious Freedom division to direct the agency’s efforts to protect religious freedom and people of faith in the healthcare industry.
  • Setting the Department of Justice in motion to defend religious liberty in the legal sphere, as exemplified by the DOJ’s recent statement of interest in an ongoing federal case of Jewish discrimination in the Village of Airmont, NY.

In addition to its domestic achievements, the current administration led the effort for a Global Call to Protect Religious Freedom, an international event marking the first time an American president hosted a meeting at the United Nations on religious freedom.

At a time when our culture is still marked by runaway hostility to religion and expressions of faith, the current administration’s policies have tilted the scales and moved America to once again deliver on the promise of protecting the God-given right of all to freely live out their faith.

Some may disagree that this is the greatest religious liberty administration of all-time, but there’s more than enough evidence for people of faith in America to be especially thankful…because under their leadership, religious freedom is indeed thriving unlike any time in the last half-century.

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