WASHINGTON, D.C., Feb. 3, 2017—Russell Moore, president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, responded today to reports that President Donald Trump is considering issuing an executive order entitled, “Establishing a Government-Wide Initiative to Respect Religious Freedom.”
“I urge the president to move forward with his plans to issue an executive order that would grant protections to people of faith, allowing believers with strong, and sometimes unpopular, convictions to serve the public. Executive action is not enough – we also need strong legislative action – but this executive order would be a strong start.
“Freedom of conscience and religious liberty are of utmost importance to us, and to millions of other religious people in the United States. We support an executive order making clear that people of religious conviction will not be pushed aside by the federal government as we seek to serve our neighbors, including those who disagree with us.”