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Trump’s Executive Order Won’t Change LDS Church’s Stance on Political Neutrality

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On Thursday, May 4, President Donald Trump signed an executive order that eased political restrictions on churches. It coincided with the National Day of Prayer. According to Deseret News, The order does not change any existing laws but allows faith leaders “to more freely endorse political candidates from the pulpit” as well as instructing federal agencies “not to penalize religious organizations that don’t want to provide birth control in their health care plans.”

In response to the executive order, LDS Church spokesman Eric Hawkins released the following statement:

“We are always grateful for the efforts of leaders to safeguard religious freedom and protect the beliefs and religious exercise of all people. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has been and remains committed to political neutrality. Today’s executive order will not affect that longstanding policy.”

You can learn more about the Church’s political neutrality here.

 

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