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Tony Perkins: Religious Freedom Is Key to a Strong, Stable and Successful Nation

Tony Perkins
By Tony Perkins | August 1, 2018 | 4:20 PM EDT

Attorney General Jeff Sessions (Screenshot)

The Department of Justice (DOJ) announced on Monday the formation of a Religious Liberty Task Force. The Task Force, which will be chaired by Attorney General Jeff Sessions, "will continue the Department's ongoing work to implement the Religious Liberty Memorandum and the implementation memorandum. The Task Force will also consider new initiatives that will further the Department's work to protect and promote religious liberty."

In the wake of the Obama administration, we are witnessing a revival of freedom! Monday’s announcement of the creation of a new Religious Liberty Task Force by Attorney General Jeff Sessions is the launch of the next phase of President Trump's campaign promise to protect the religious freedoms of all Americans. The formation of this task force puts bureaucrats on notice: you will respect the freedom of every American not only to believe but to live according to those beliefs.

 

With initiatives such as this, it's clear that the Trump administration understands the dangers of government actors attempting to quarantine religious beliefs within the walls of a church instead of embracing their historical contributions to America's public good.

No American should have to restrict the practice of their faith to within the confines of their place of worship.

I commend President Trump and Attorney General Sessions for safeguarding the freedom to live out one's faith in all areas of society without government punishment or intimidation. History makes clear, religious freedom is the key to a strong, stable and successful nation.

Tony Perkins is president of the Family Research Council.

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