Saturday, May 05, 2018

Trump's Faith Initiative Executive Order Has Rescinded Protections For Clients Objecting To Religious Provider

As previously reported, on May 3 President Trump signed an Executive Order on the Establishment of a White House Faith and Opportunity Initiative.  As reported by JTA, buried in that order is repeal of a previous provision that required religious social service providers using federal grant funds to refer a client to an alternative provider if the client objected to the religious character of the original provider.  That referral requirement was added in 2010 by President Obama in Executive Order 13559 which amended Executive Order 13279 (2002).  The most recent change was effected by the following language in Sec. 2(b) of President Trump's recent Executive Order:
Executive Order 13279, as amended, is further amended by striking section 2(h) and redesignating sections 2(i) and 2(j) as sections 2(h) and 2(i), respectively.