President Donald Trump gave a speech during a “National Day of Prayer” event in the Rose Garden of the White House on Thursday May 3, 2018, in Washington D.C.
The U.S president spoke in front of cabinet members and religious leaders about his decision to give religious groups more power.
Trump announced and then signed an executive order giving faith-based groups a stronger voice in the federal government, he signed the order and then passed out pens to religious leaders who was there.
The full event by the White House:
After Trump signed the executive order that gives religion voice, nobody told us what exactly that order says, the religious leaders were reminded that their religious freedom would continue to be protected by the federal government.
Trump said that the “White House Faith and Opportunity Initiative” would provide recommendations on programs and policies where faith-based and community organizations could partner with the government to “deliver more effective solutions to poverty.”
After president Trump talked about how good religion is and that prayer has “forged the identity of this nation”, he told the group that the new office was a necessary step because in solving many of today’s problems and challenges, “faith is more powerful than government and nothing is more powerful than God.”
Some people are worried that this action would do damage to freedom overall and the separation of church and state in general, bringing innovation and a more open government “a step back”.