Posted: Thursday, January 16, 2020. 9:47 am CST.
By BBN Staff: United States President Donald Trump has declared today as Religious Freedom Day 2020.
“On this Religious Freedom Day, we reaffirm our commitment to protecting the precious and fundamental right of religious freedom, both at home and abroad. Our Founders entrusted the American people with a responsibility to protect religious liberty so that our Nation may stand as a bright beacon for the rest of the world. Today, we remain committed to that sacred endeavor and strive to support those around the world who still struggle under oppressive regimes that impose restrictions on freedom of religion,” Trump said.
In light of the commemoration of this day, Trump is also issuing updated rules to ensure that public school students are allowed to engage in constitutionally protected prayer.
An event will be held at the Oval office to announce the updates to the federal guidance on school prayer.
“President Trump is committed to making sure that people of faith, particularly children, are not subjected to illegal punishment or pressure for exercising their constitutionally protected rights,” said White House Domestic Policy Council Director, Joe Grogan.
This is because in 1962, in the US, the Supreme court ruled that schools cannot sponsor an official prayer or coerce students into praying.
White House officials recalled the case in 2018 where students gathered in their school cafeteria to pray for a former classmate hurt in a car accident, only to be warned by their principal not to do it again.
After being told that those actions violated the students’ rights, the school reversed its policy.
“I call on all Americans to commemorate this day with events and activities that remind us of our shared heritage of religious liberty and that teach us how to secure this blessing both at home and around the world,” Trump expressed.
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