For Immediate Release: May 3, 2018
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Tyler: Government and religious organizations can partner in a constitutional way, but it takes work

WASHINGTON – Today, President Donald J. Trump held a ceremony in the Rose Garden and signed an Executive Order titled “Establishment of a White House Faith and Opportunity Initiative.”

The following statement is from Amanda Tyler, executive director of the Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty:  

“Details matter. We know from our experience and advocacy efforts with the prior two administrations that government and religious organizations can partner in constitutional ways to deliver social services, but that getting it right takes more than a proclamation and a Rose Garden ceremony.

Standing up for religious freedom requires both protecting the free exercise rights of all Americans and ensuring that government neither promotes any one faith tradition nor favors religion over irreligion.”


Based in Washington, D.C., the Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty is an 82-year-old religiously based organization working to defend religious freedom for all people and protect the institutional separation of church and state in the historic Baptist tradition.

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