The Trump administration’s rollback of the Obamacare insurance mandate was not the only recent victory for religious liberty in Washington, D.C.
On Friday, October 6, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions released a memo to all executive departments and agencies regarding federal law protections for religious liberty. This memo was issued in response to President Donald Trump’s May 4 executive order on religious liberty. According to TheHill.com, the memo “maps out 20 guiding principles reminding agencies that freedom of religion is a fundamental right and that the free exercise of religion ‘includes the right to act or abstain from action in accordance with one’s religious beliefs.’” According to the Washington Examiner, those principles include the right of “religious employers to ‘employ only persons whose beliefs and conduct are consistent with the employer’s religious precepts.’”
The memorandum further indicates that the Department of Health and Human Services must respect a religious employer’s determination that offering insurance coverage for employees’ birth control “‘would make the employer complicit in wrongdoing…’”
“‘As President Trump said, “Faith is deeply embedded into the history of our country, the spirit of our founding and the soul of our nation … [this administration] will not allow people of faith to be targeted, bullied or silenced anymore,”’ Sessions said in a statement.”