President Trump signed a "religious liberty" executive order yesterday which asks the IRS to use, quote, "maximum enforcement discretion" on a rarely-applied regulation called the Johnson Amendment that bans tax-exempt organizations like churches and other religious institutions from political speech and activities. The order also promises "regulatory relief" for groups with religious objections to requirements in the Affordable Care Act, such as having to cover contraception. However, there were questions about what effect the order would actually have, with the American Civil Liberties Union saying it wouldn't challenge it in court because they believe it has, quote, "no discernible policy outcome." Some religious groups also expressed disappointment that the order didn't do more.
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