Trump to fix Obama’s damage to religious freedom?
One legal expert contends that a new administration in Washington, D.C., led by soon-to-be President Donald Trump can take America’s religious freedom out of its current state of disarray.
It is argued that the United States Supreme Court (SCOTUS) has been part of the problem, but the Trump administration has committed to making some changes after January’s inauguration.
Trump’s first goal in improving Americans’ religious liberty is to fill vacancies in SCOTUS’ bench, as well as in lower federal courts, with conservatives who will rule on the basis of the United States Constitution – rather than by political or social agendas.
Attorney Rob Muise of the American Freedom Law Center told OneNewsNow that the U.S. Congress needs to repeal the Johnson Amendment, which forbids pastors and non-profit organizations from endorsing candidates or preaching on political issues. He also notes that Trump can undo some damage Obama inflicted on Americans’ religious liberty with his own pen and paper – once he sits behind the desk of the Oval Office.
“President Obama’s transgender agenda was done by executive order,” Muise pointed out. “That can be done with just signing a piece of paper. [Trump can] get rid of all those attacks on religious freedom. So, there’s a lot that can be done to turn back and stem this tide that’s really been eight years of attack[s] on Judeo-Christian values.”
Muise is hopeful that Congress will also address another war that has been waged against religious freedom.
“There are federal statutes that grant immunity to businesses that engage in interstate commerce for various reasons –and perhaps there’s a way to do that, as well to protect these businesses from being destroyed just because the owners of the businesses want to run their business consistent with their particular religious beliefs,” the conservative ventured.
Muise was making a reference to florists, bakers, photographers and other Christian business owners who have been destroyed or damaged while trying to stand on their biblical values.