Council for National Policy: ‘Eager’ to see DOJ issue greater defense of religious liberty

October 4, 2017

 

President Donald Trump
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20500

 

Dear Mr. President:

We are writing to you concerning your Executive Order issued on May 4, 2017, protecting religious freedom.  We want to thank you for your strong and positive statements regarding the protection and promotion of our First Amendment Freedom of Religion.  In your May 4, executive order you directed the Department of Justice (DOJ) to issue guidance to implement religious freedom throughout executive agencies and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to issue new regulations related to the unfair HHS contraceptive mandate.  Mr. President, it has been five months, and nothing has changed, no guidance has been issued.

The HHS mandate remains in place, and the religious freedom of religious organizations like Little Sisters of the Poor is still being infringed upon.  FEMA refuses to treat religious non-profits, who are helping in disaster relief, the same as other non-profits.  These policies are discriminatory.

We are very eager to see DOJ issue “guidance” to lay out a greater defense of religious freedom. After eight years of religious hostility conservative voters who supported you are asking that your administration issue the DOJ guidance required by your order.

Also, we ask that your administration abide by your Executive Order and implement the HHS contraceptive mandate regulation that was “leaked” earlier this year.  If the federal government can breach our First Amendment Freedom of religion, none of our other constitutional freedoms are safe.

 

Sincerely,

The Honorable Tony Perkins
President, Council for National Policy
President, Family Research Council
William L. Walton
Chairman
CNP Action, Inc.
Rebecca Hagelin
Secretary
Council for National Policy
The Honorable Bob McEwen
Former Member, Ohio
U.S. House of Representatives
The Honorable Donald P. Hodel
Former Secretary of Energy
Former Secretary of the Interior
Diana Banister
President and Partner
Shirley & Banister Public Affairs
Richard A. Viguerie
Chairman
Conservative HQ
Rich Bott
Chairman/CEO
Bott Radio Network
Roxanne Phillips
Executive Committee
Council for National Policy
William Mills
President
WPM Exploration
Kelly Shackelford
President & CEO
First Liberty Institute
Keet Lewis
Co-Founder
Lewis Group Intl.
Barry Meguiar
President & CEO
First Liberty Institute
L. Brent Bozell III
Founder and President
Media Research Center
Trent England
Executive Vice President
Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs
Art Ally
President
Timothy Partners, Ltd.
Tim LeFever
Chairman
Capitol Resource Institute
The Honorable Colin A. Hanna
President
Let Freedom Ring
Stuart Epperson
Chairman of the Board
Salem Media Group
The Honorable James C. Miller III
Budget Director
President Ronald Reagan
The Honorable Jim DeMint
Former Member
United States Senate
The Honorable Paul Pressler
Retired
Texas Court of Appeals
Marjorie Dannenfelser
President
Susan B. Anthony List
David N. Bossie
President
Citizens United
The Honorable J. Kenneth Blackwell
Chairman
Constitutional Congress, Inc.
Lt. Gen. William G. Boykin (Ret.)
Executive Vice President
Family Research Council
Tom Fitton
President
Judicial Watch
Adam Brandon
President
FreedomWorks
David Bozell
President
ForAmerica
Alfred S. Regnery
Chairman
Law Enforcement Legal Defense Fund
Ed Corrigan
Former Executive Director
Senate Steering Committee
Cleta Mitchell, Esq.
Dr. James C. Dobson
President
Family Talk
The Honorable Jason Rapert
Senator
Arkansas State Senate
The Honorable Mike Spence
Founding President
Conservative Republicans of California
The Honorable Mike Hill
Former Member
Florida State House
Alan Sears
Founder
Alliance Defending Freedom
Dr. Carol M. Swain
Former Professor of Politics
Vanderbilt University
Jeff Hunt
Vice President of Public Policy
Colorado Christian University
Cathi Herrod
President
Center for Arizona Policy
Tim Macy
Chairman
Gun Owners of America
Bill Ledbetter
Pastor
Fairview Baptist Church
Allen Hébert
Chairman
American-Chinese Fellowship of Houston
Debbie Wuthnow
Executive Director
iVoterGuide
Rod Vandenbos
CEO
BuzzBox Beverages, Inc.
Larry Beasley
President/CEO
The Washington Times
Gary Frazier
Executive Vice President
United in Purpose
Richard H. Wright
Owner
Wright House LLC
Dr. Russell J. Kilpatrick
M.D.
Brigadier General, USAF (Ret.)
Willes K. Lee
President
National Federation of Republican Assemblies
J. Craig Brown II
Vice President of Entrepreneurship
Ohio Christian University
R.O. Broekhuizen
Retired Pastor
Paavo Ensio
Owner
Umii
Jay Mount
President
MDS Communications
Joe Knott
Attorney
Knott & Boyle
Gina Gleason
Executive Director
Faith and Public Policy
Joseph Farah
Founder and Chief Executive Officer
WND.com
Richard D. Hayes
Partner
Hayes, Berry, White & Vanzant, LLP
Gary Marx
Former Executive Director
Faith & Freedom Coalition
Jon Gibson
CEO
Jon Gibson Company
Randall S. Page
Chief of Staff
Bob Jones University
Floyd Brown
Chairman
Western Center for Journalism
Khadine Ritter
President
Eagle Forum of Ohio
Kevin D. Freeman
Founder
NSIC Institute
Len Munsil
President
Arizona Christian University
Rickey McCrary
Senior Partner
Insurance One Agency
Kristan Hawkins
President
Student for Life of America
William J. Federer
Author
AmericanMinute.com
Ralph A. Rebandt, II
Senior Pastor, Oakland Hills Community Church & Chaplain, Michigan Association of Chiefs of Police
Tricia Erickson
President
Angel Pictures & Publicity, Inc.
Troy Newman
President
Operation Rescue
Ralph Alfons Schmidt
Director
Schmidt Family Foundation
William J. Becker Jr.
Founder/President/CEO/Chief Counsel
FreedomX
Dr. Everett Piper
President
Oklahoma Wesleyan University
Star Parker
President
Center for Urban Renewal & Education
James N. Clymer
Former National Chairman
Constitution Party
Penny Nance
CEO and President
Concerned Women for America
Peggy Dau
Special Liaison Representative
The Voice of the Martyrs
C. Preston Noell III
President
Tradition, Family, Property, Inc.
Jerome R. Corsi, Ph.D.
Washington Bureau Chief
Infowars.com
Bradley Mattes
President
Life Issues Institute
Dr. Rick Scarborough
Founder
Vision America
Nancy Schulze
Founder
Republican Congressional Wives Speakers & “Women for Trump” Bus Tour
Caroline Lewis
Owner
Percipio Communications
Nick Roos
President
Roos Wellness
John Park
Conservative Activist and Donors
Paul Blair
President
Reclaiming America for Christ
David A. Martin
Healthcare Entrepreneur
Hunter W. Lundy
Senior Partner
Lundy, Lundy, Soileau & South LLP
The Honorable Gary L. Bauer
President
American Values
Tom McClusky
President
March for Life Action
Tim Wildmon
President, American Family Association & American Family Radio
Lewis K. Uhler
Founder and President
National Tax Limitation Committee
Dick Bott
Founder
Bott Radio Network
Craig Dance
CEO
Champion Coach, Inc.
Mario Navarro da Costa
Director, Washington Bureau
Tradition, Family, Property
Janet Morana
Executive Director
Priests for Life
Ann Drexel
Conservative Activist
Lee Beaman
CEO
Beaman Automotive Group
Don Woodsmall
President
Truth at Wake Forest, Inc.
Steven Berger
Pastor
Grace Chapel
Malcolm S. Morris
Chairman
Stewart Title Guaranty Company
Susan A. Carleson
Chairman/CEO
American Civil Rights Union
Dr. Oren Paris
President
Ecclesia College
Donna Hearne
CEO
Constitutional Coalition
Brad Dacus
President
Pacific Justice Institute
Anne Schlafly Cori
Chairman
Eagle Forum
Samuel B. Casey
Managing Director & General Counsel
Jubilee Campaign
Ellen Grigsby
Director of Institutional Partnerships
Open Doors USA
Kelly Kullberg
President
America Conservancy
Jeff D. Reeter
Managing Partner
The Texas Financial Group
Scott Brown
Chairman, Board of Trustees
Emmanuel Christian School
Dan Negrea E.C. Sykes
CEO
Black Box Network Services
Christopher J. Yep
President
TRIUNE Health Group
Martha Boneta
Executive Vice President
Citizens for the Republic
Leslee Unruh
Founder
Alpha Center
Allen Unruh
Chiropractic Doctor
Gevie White
Investor
The Honorable Penny Pullen
President
Life Advocacy Resource Project
Kathleen Patten
President and CEO
American Target Advertising
Heather R. Higgins
President and CEO
Independent Women’s Voice
Carrie L. Lukas
President
Independent Women’s Forum
Wade Kirby
Director of Development
Great Swamp Watershed Association
Dr. John Trulio Brian S. Brown
President
National Organization for Marriage
John Stemberger
President and General Counsel
Florida Family Policy Council
Andrew Hebert
Senior Pastor
Paramount Baptsist Church
The Honorable Morton C. Blackwell
President
Leadership Institute
Michael Farris
CEO, President, and General Counsel
Alliance Defending Freedom
Bradford Phillips
President
Persecution Project
Stephen T. Whelan
Chairman
The Witherspoon Institute
Ben Case
President
Case Consulting Services, Inc.
Richard G. Scurry
Co-Founder
The Bible Literacy Project

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