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President Donald Trump Signs ‘Religious Liberty’ Executive Order

Thursday, President Donald Trump marked the National Day of Prayer at the White House by signing an executive order that challenges an IRS rule that says religious organizations and other nonprofits that endorse political candidates risk losing their tax-exempt status.

The order also promises "regulatory relief" for groups with religious objections to the preventive services requirement in the Affordable Care Act.

Those requirements include covering birth control.

“For too long the American government has used the power of the state as a weapon against people of faith, bullying and even punishing Americans for following their religious beliefs. It’s been happening. That is why I am signing, today, an executive order to defend the freedom of religion and speech in America,” said President Trump.

President Trump will meet with Pope Francis at the Vatican later this month.