President and CEO of Americans United for Separation of Church and State, issued the following statement in advance of President Trump’s speech at the National Prayer Breakfast on Thursday, Feb. 6:
“We have little doubt that President Trump will once again use the National Prayer Breakfast platform to pander to his base of evangelical Christian supporters. That means touting policies that grant special privileges to one narrow set of religious views above all others, and misusing the concept of religious freedom to license harm to others – especially women, LGBTQ people, religious minorities and the nonreligious.
“Our government officials would be wise to steer clear of the National Prayer Breakfast and recognize it for what it is – the pièce de résistance of The Family’s coordinated campaign to impose a narrow set of religious beliefs onto our shared secular laws.
“It’s time for all of us to awaken to the reality that church-state separation, though embedded in the First Amendment of our Constitution, is no longer a given. We urge all Americans – now more than ever – to join Americans United in the fight to hold our country accountable to its central promise that everyone should be able to practice their religion or no religion at all so long as they don’t harm others.”
Americans United is a religious liberty watchdog group based in Washington, D.C. Founded in 1947, the organization educates Americans about the importance of church-state separation in safeguarding religious freedom.
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