January 17, 2020 | IFA Staff
President Donald Trump announced new federal guidelines today to protect the constitutional right to pray in public schools.
His action, which centers on the Department of Education, reaffirms the religious freedom for students and teachers to pray and conduct bible studies and prayer meetings at school, rights that eroded over the past 18 years, and most significantly during the previous administration.
“We will not allow faithful Americans to be bullied by the hard Left,” Trump said.
The White House revealed this new bold action on Religious Freedom Day, an annual event held on January 16 to mark America’s long history of protecting religious liberty.
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“A society without religion cannot prosper. A nation without faith cannot endure, because justice, goodness and peace cannot prevail without the glory of Almighty God,” Trump said this month at his evangelical rally. “For America to thrive in the 21st Century we must renew faith and family as the center of American life.”
“These angry radicals want to impose absolute conformity by censoring speech, tearing down crosses and symbols of faith and banning religious believers from public life,” he said. “But we will not back down, we are standing tall for the values that we hold dear.”
“My administration will never stop fighting for Americans of faith,” he said. “I really do believe we have God on our side.”
David Kubal, President of Intercessors for America, shares, “It is exciting to see this kind of bold action from a President. Many thought that eroding religious freedoms was too much of a “sacred cow” to touch. President Trump is not afraid to do the hard things that many Americans want and need to be done. Many young people have grown up in the environment of only knowing a religiously-hostile public school system, hiding to pray with friends, or taking their Christian groups outside of school after too many restrictions. I am thankful that President Trump took action to protect religious freedom, bringing things back into alignment with our Constitution.”
“Pray with us about this tremendous action. We have created a prayer guide that goes through the highlights of the rules the President has set forth. People of prayer need to rejoice about this and of course, educate ourselves on our newly-affirmed rights as believers in the schools so we can fully exercise those rights without apology or concern.”
On Friday, nine other agencies published rules reinforcing the religious freedoms that Americans enjoy but have been chilled in recent years: Department of Health and Human Services, the Department of Homeland Security, the Agency for International Development, Department of Agriculture, Department of Education, Department of Housing and Urban Development, Department of Justice, Department of Labor and the Department of Veterans Affairs.