American Sikhs Welcome Order On Religious Freedom
Washington: The Sikh community in the US is happy about the executive order on religious liberty. The order only reflects the commitment of US president Donald Trump to protect religious freedom for all Americans said Jasdip Singh, a prominent member of the Sikh American community.
Alleging that certain vested sections are accusing Trump for the rise of hate crimes in the country, Singh said the motive behind their accusations are political. Further he said that, protecting religious freedom was one of the focal points of Trump’s campaign .
President Trump on Thursday signed the order on religious freedom. The order directs Treasury Department to not take ‘adverse action’ against churches or religious organisations for political speech.
Singh was only American Sikh to be invited to attend Trump’s address on the National Day of Prayer in the Rose Garden of the White House. Singh claimed that the US president is determined to unite the divided country and is against hate crime.
Observing that religious freedom is a crucial issue for the American majority, he said that it’s not the government’s job to censor what is acceptable or unacceptable speech.
“Under the first amendment, individuals do have a right to speech that the listener disagrees with and to speech that is offensive and hateful,” Singh said.
During his election campaign, Trump promised to scrap the Johnson Amendment, which bans organisations like churches that have tax exemptions from political speech and activities.
His executive order relaxes IRS enforcement of that ban. The executive order, called “Promoting Free Speech and Religious Liberty,” also gives “regulatory relief” to companies that object to an Obamacare mandate for contraception in health care.