While he may be new to the U.S. Senate, Luther Strange is not wasting any time making his priorities known.
On Friday, he announced that he joined his new Senate colleagues and sent a letter to President Donald Trump urging him to issue an executive order protecting religious freedoms.
Specifically, the letter calls for the exemption of religious organizations like the Little Sisters of the Poor from the Obamacare preventative services mandate, and protects religious organizations from discrimination in grants, contract access, and tax exempt status based on their beliefs.
“Upholding religious liberty is the responsibility of all who take an oath to preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States,” said Strange. “From healthcare to charitable giving, religious organizations and individuals across America work every day to improve and enrich the lives of millions of people. I am proud to stand up for their rights, and I look forward to working with the President to ensure that they can continue to live out this noble calling, free from government overreach.”
The letter began by establishing the importance of protecting America’s religious freedom as enshrined in the First Amendment to the United States Constitution. We
“From the earliest stages of our nation’s founding to today, Congress and the Executive Branch have repeatedly acted to preserve and affirm the right of individuals to express freely and act on their religious beliefs,” the letter read asking Trump to issue an order without delay.
The letter also praises Trump for his stance on protecting the religious liberty of Americans, including his defense the rule of law and bringing federal agencies into compliance with the law as written by Congress
“Religious freedom was a founding principle of this nation and is a value that we have exported to the rest of the world,” the letter states. “We have a responsibility to protect and defend the free exercise of religion for people of all faith both here and around the world. We appreciate your consideration of this request and look forward to working with you on this vital issue.”