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Is Trump’s executive order “religious nothingness”? | MercatorNet | May 9, 2017 |

Is Trump’s executive order “religious nothingness”?

| MercatorNet | May 9, 2017 |

Is Trump’s executive order “religious nothingness”?

The President is disappointing supporters by his lack of clarity in relieving the burden of the HHS mandate
Sheila Liaugminas | May 9 2017 | comment 1 

What did Trump’s religious liberty order do? Essentially, what the Supreme Court already did in its last ruling. 
In turn, the high court in March 2016 and the new president in May 2017 gave government agencies the assignment to back off from pressing a legal case against the Little Sisters of the Poor and others to fulfill the federal HHS mandate, or pay prohibitive fines.
Yes, it is news that President Trump promised to end this and other coercive government mandates that violate religious liberty and conscience rights, and it’s further news that on the National Day of Prayer, he called together religious leaders for a White House ceremony surrounding his signing of an executive order concerning religious liberty. But the anticipation exceeded the delivery of full relief from the HHS mandate, fought in courts across the country for at least five years.
The mandate, unprecedented in American history, forces religious institutions to pay for contraceptives, sterilizations, and abortion-causing drugs, including the morning-after pill and the week-after pill, against their deeply held religious beliefs. The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty is the first and leading law firm to challenge this mandate…
As of mid-March, Becket was still in courts across the country defending religious freedom rights of dozens of groups, organizations and businesses still seeking relief from the mandate, although the new administration had offered promise of ending threats to religious freedom.
“The mandate is still on the books, and it needs to come off the books,” said Mark Rienzi, senior counsel with the Becket Fund, who noted that (HHS Secretary Tom) Price has indicated he believes the mandate is “trampling on religious liberty.”
Trump also promised on the campaign trail that religious orders like the Little Sisters of the Poor would not be bullied by the federal government.
“It’s not acceptable to simply leave it in place. It has to be taken care of,” Rienzi told the (National Catholic) Register…
Rienzi said Congress could address the issue with new legislation, which he suggested would be preferable because then nonprofits like the Little Sisters of Poor would have the federal law on their side, and not risk being dragged back into court if another administration were to later take power and rewrite the regulations.
“For now, the litigation remains alive, the law remains alive, and it’s still on the books,” Rienzi said. “Something has to be done to resolve the thing. The courts will give the government some time, but, ultimately, they need to take steps to get rid of it.”
With the announcement of the May 4th signing of an executive order on religious freedom, all these faith based groups and leaders hoped President Trump would get rid of it. He, and his executive order, did not, exactly.
As Becket explained in a carefully worded statement:
President Trump issued an Executive Order directing HHS and other federal agencies to protect the Little Sisters of the Poor and other religious ministries from the HHS Mandate.
Following the order, HHS Secretary Tom Price said that HHS “will be taking action in short order” to protect the Little Sisters and other religious ministries harmed by the Mandate. This means:
The agencies must fix their rules to exempt the Little Sisters and other religious groups from the HHS mandate.
The agencies must end their unnecessary legal fights against the Little Sisters and other ministries in courts around the country.
While that wording is exact, neither overstating nor understating, I was left wondering what the executive order actually did by “directing HHS and other federal agencies to protect the Little Sisters” and others from the mandate. Define “action” and “short order”. How must federal agencies “fix their rules to exempt the Little Sisters and other religious groups”? And what does the president mean, exactly, by ordering that federal agencies “must end their unnecessary legal fights against the Little Sisters and other ministries in courts around the country”?
National Review Online’s David French called this executive order “dangerous nothingness”. The Chicago Tribune’s Steve Chapman wrote an opinion piece headlining the order as “religious nothingness”.
It is more than nothing but less than the dramatically significant something sought and expected by people exercising their beliefs in public service and threatened by government intrusion into their right to do so. Even the ACLU found it unnecessary to bother fighting this order, calling it “an elaborate photo-op with no discernible policy outcome”.
Maybe. But maybe they’ll be surprised. The Little Sisters of the Poor will not likely be seen in, or on the steps of, the Supreme Court pleading their case again. 
Sheila Liaugminas writes from Chicago. She is a journalist, author and host of A Closer Look on Relevant Radio.
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May 9, 2017

Pope Francis visited Egypt last week, partly to encourage Christians throughout the Middle East who are struggling to stay alive, let alone prosper. In 1910 Christians were about 14 percent of the population in the Middle East; today the proportion is about 4 percent. Some people ask whether the ancient churches in the lands which formed the cradle of Christianity will vanish.
But who are the Christians there? There is a bewildering variety of traditions in both the Catholic and the Orthodox camps, as well as churches who separated from Rome long before Constantinople went its own way. In this issue, Martino Diez presents a comprehensive look at the incredible richness of Christianity in the Middle East.

Michael Cook 



Christians in the Middle East: a guide

By Martino Diez
It is not easy to navigate among the ancient Christian communities in the Middle East

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New Swiss Guards swear to defend the Pope with their lives

By Carolyn Moynihan
After 500 years Swiss Catholic families still provide bodyguards for the Holy Father.

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By Sheila Liaugminas
The President is disappointing supporters by his lack of clarity in relieving the burden of the HHS mandate

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British consulates host same-sex weddings in Australia that are invalid there

By Colin Hart
They are interfering in the democratic process.

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Exposing the dark side of egg donation

By Philippa Taylor
Does the health and well being of women count for nothing? Where are the feminists standing up for them? Where are the regulators?

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10 demographic trends shaping our lives

By Shannon Roberts
Has your world changed?

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By Paul Smith
How Emmanuel Macron beat Marine Le Pen to win the French election.

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Genuine fake news is not all that dangerous

By Michael Cook
A recent survey shows that 'fake news' does not seem to sway public opinion.

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The difference between strict and harsh parenting

By Luma Simms
The antidote to harsh parenting is not permissiveness but love.

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