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Trump updates the school-prayer guide: “We will respect the religious freedom’

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As his impeachment trial was underway in the Senate, President Trump gave a hat-tip Thursday to his Evangelical base with the update of the Federal guidance, prayer in public schools — an action that came to the National Religious freedom day.

The order is similar as in 2003, to pray, guidelines to the school, but it is a state’s districts presents-mandated registration for complaints against local schools and education.

States must send the Federal government a list every year of the local schools and districts, “a policy that prevents, or otherwise denies participation in, constitutionally protected prayer” in public schools. States are also required to the local schools, which do not certify to the state that you prayer unconstitutional policies.

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“You have things that happened today that 10 or 15 years ago, this was unthinkable, would have been” Trump said in response to a question about his views on the culture wars. “By the word of God, under the word Christmas. I think we’ve turned that around very well. I think we have both around very well.”

The new trump card-the guide also stresses that students can pray or read the Scriptures, if you have free time during the school. What not to do, is to try to encourage schools prayer sponsor, the recognition that teachers and administrators are prohibited in the rule, religious speech as part of their official duties, or inviting a religious speaker in the name of the school.

“For example, teachers and other public school officials may, in the exercise of their official capacity, not lead their classes in prayer, devotional readings from the Bible, or other religious activities,” the guidance States. But, the order continued, “students and teachers” do not throw up their constitutional rights to freedom of speech or expression at the schoolhouse gate.”

The leadership, under Supreme Court precedent, makes clear, students can pray alone, or together in the school, and that you will try to persuade their peers about religious topics just as they are, may also with political issues.

Religious leaders pray over President Donald Trump during an “Evangelicals for Trump coalition” on king Jesus International Ministry, Friday, Jan. 3, 2020, in Miami. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

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In front of the school-prayer proposed event on Thursday, Trump management, the nine new rules, aimed at the fair treatment of religious organizations by the Federal government to ensure.

“The proposed legislation would eliminate burdensome Obama-era requirements, the said imposed too wrong unique regulatory burdens only on religious organizations,” a White house press release.

Equal treatment of religious organizations has been a hot topic in the last few months, especially with the Supreme Court set to hear arguments in a case next week on whether States can ban private religious schools from receiving public funds, which, in General, for private, non-religious schools.

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These regulatory updates, drew criticism from some groups who said the changes strengthen discriminatory risk behavior in the name of religious freedom.

“These rules undermine the civil rights and the religious freedom of millions of our most vulnerable Americans who rely on social services — with particularly severe consequences for LGBTQ people and religious minorities,” said Rachel Laser, President and CEO of Americans United for separation of Church and state.

But Johnnie Moore, an Evangelical adviser to the administration, praised the move as a fresh sign of Trump the commitment to religious freedom.

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“The White house is not saying whether one should pray or to whom or what should you pray to,” Moore said. He added that “they are easy to make it clear that in the United States, students have First Amendment rights, too, and our” separation of Church and state ” do not suppress to a vibrant religious life in America, but to make it easier.”

Fox News’ Caleb Parke, and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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