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Executive Order Will Not Affect LDS Church Political Neutrality

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Lee Hale
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KUER

In a statement released Thursday a spokesperson for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints says an executive order signed by President Trump designated to promote religious liberty will have no sway on longstanding policy. 

"We are always grateful for the efforts of leaders to safeguard religious freedom and protect the beliefs and religious exercise of all people," the statement reads.  "As an institution, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has been and remains committed to political neutrality. Today’s executive order will not affect that longstanding policy.”

The executive order promises that the executive branch of the federal government will honor and enforce all existing protections for religious liberty. President Trump has been vocal about protecting churches from losing tax-exempt status if they choose to endorse political candidates. 

The order also asks government agencies to make allowances for organizations that don't want to cover birth control in employee health plans. 

Click here to read more about The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' political neutrality. 

Lee Hale began listening to KUER while he was teaching English at a Middle School in West Jordan (his one hour commute made for plenty of listening time). Inspired by what he heard he applied for the Kroc Fellowship at NPR headquarters in DC and to his surprise, he got it. Since then he has reported on topics ranging from TSA PreCheck to micro apartments in overcrowded cities to the various ways zoo animals stay cool in the summer heat. But, his primary focus has always been education and he returns to Utah to cover the same schools he was teaching in not long ago. Lee is a graduate of Brigham Young University and is also fascinated with the way religion intersects with the culture and communities of the Beehive State. He hopes to tell stories that accurately reflect the beliefs that Utahns hold dear.
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