On Thursday, it was National Religious Freedom Day — and President Donald Trump made sure to leave his mark.
During an Oval Office gathering that featured Christian, Jewish, and Muslim students who were discriminated against because of their beliefs, the president signed a memo promoting religious freedom in the classroom, according to the Christian Post.
It was announced that the United States Department of Education, headed up by Secretary Betsy DeVos, will be sending out letters to education leaders and administrators across the nation, reinforcing that they cannot disallow students or teachers from praying in public schools.
The Department of Education noted that this measure is being enforced to “further safeguard students’ constitutionally protected right to pray in school.”
While behind the resolute desk, Trump said it was “unacceptable” that students and teachers have been discriminated against in the past for abiding by faith practices.
“In public schools around the country, authorities are stopping students and teachers from praying, sharing their faith or following their religious beliefs. It is totally unacceptable. You see it on the football field, you see it so many times where they are stopped from praying. We are doing something to stop that,” Trump said, adding that there’s nothing more important than “the right to pray.”
Trump also made clear that “there is a cultural war,” calling out “totalitarian impulse on the far-left that seeks to punish, restrict and even prohibit religious expression.”
Story correction, 3/16/2020: After this story was reviewed by an independent fact-checking website, ” DailySounder.com has issued the following corrections to clarify details of the story.
Correction details: All references to “Obama-era rules” were removed, as they were confirmed to not be accurate.
Original title of this story: Trump Revokes Obama-Era Rules, Restores ‘Right To Pray’ In Public Schools
Corrected title: President Trump Introduces New Public School Prayer Guidance