May 4, 2017 - 7:17 AM ET - Listen· 6:11
Heard on Morning Edition
The executive order will, in the words of the White House, "promote free speech and religious liberty."
Steve Inskeep talks to NPR's Tom Gjelten and Greg Baylor with the Alliance Defending Freedom.
GJELTEN: Well, the president can't destroy a law. Only Congress can do that. This is part of the tax code.
What the president can do, and what we understand from the White House he will do, is instruct the IRS to back off and enforcing it so vigorously.
INSKEEP: Meaning don't enforce it at all, don't enforce it so much?
GJELTEN: To use maximum discretion in enforcing it. So I guess it's up to the IRS to decide what that means.
INSKEEP: Was it being enforced a lot to begin with, Tom?
GJELTEN: No, it wasn't. It actually wasn't. ...
GJELTEN: Couple more things - it will also ease the burden on religious groups, some of the burdens that flow from the Obamacare health care mandates. Those mandates were then interpreted by the Obama administration in terms of regulation. Some of those regulations will apparently be rescinded under the executive order, although the White House is not saying which regulations and how exactly they're going to be rescinded. And then the third thing - a very broad statement saying that the White House is now committed to a policy of protecting and vigorously promoting religious liberty - whatever that means. ...
So, is feeding the paranoia the goal?
Then they bring on a guy from the "Alliance Defending Freedom" - spent a little time at their website, holy shit seems like they should be called the "Alliance Pursuing Christian Supremacy."