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How much does Trump’s new religious liberty executive order really matter?

US President Donald Trump speaks before signing an Executive Order on Promoting Free Speech and Religious Liberty in the Rose Garden of the White House on May 4, 2017 in Washington, DC.
Trump issued an executive order on Thursday making it easier for churches and religious groups to take part in politics without risk of losing their tax-exempt status, a senior White House official said. / AFP PHOTO / MANDEL NGAN        (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
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US President Donald Trump speaks before signing an Executive Order on Promoting Free Speech and Religious Liberty in the Rose Garden of the White House on May 4, 2017 in Washington, DC.

President Donald Trump has signed a long-awaited executive order on religious liberty, which frees up religious leaders and organizations from IRS rules against endorsing candidates.

President Donald Trump has signed a long-awaited executive order on religious liberty, which frees up religious leaders and organizations from IRS rules against endorsing candidates.

It’s not clear what the order would do, given the IRS doesn’t actively enforce the regulation. However, the order might embolden religious leaders to be overtly partisan.

Guests:

Kim Colby, director of the Center for Law & Religious Freedom at the DC-based Christian Legal Society

Winnie Stachelberg, executive vice president of External Affairs at the DC-based think tank, Center for American Progress; her foci include LGBT and healthcare issues

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