(RightWing.org) – Noted evangelical Franklin Graham heaped praise on President Donald Trump in a lengthy Facebook post on December 14. He listed several of the president’s accomplishments — so far. However, he began by expressing gratitude for Trump’s defense of “religious liberties.”
.@Franklin_Graham: "President Trump will go down in history as one of the great presidents of our nation… May God bless him, Melania, and their family, as God leads him to the next chapter in his life." https://t.co/K8DucANyhk
— Breitbart News (@BreitbartNews) December 16, 2020
That same day, the Trump administration announced new rules loosening Obama-era restrictions of faith-based groups receiving federal funding to administer social services. The rule eliminated two key oppressive restrictions. The first one forced faith-based organizations to advise clients about their affiliation and refer them to other programs if requested.
The second easement did away with the policy requiring religious organizations to provide written notice to clients that they would not be forced to participate in any religious activities.
A total of nine federal agencies and departments were impacted by the order, including Health and Human Services, Education, and Veterans Affairs. Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert Wilkie noted the new rule would eliminate “unfair” burdens placed on faith-based groups.
Betsy DeVos, the Education Secretary, echoed that sentiment, adding the policy adjustment protected the First Amendment rights of participants in government-funded programs.
The administration is finalizing the new rules, and they will start to go into effect on January 16, 2021.
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