Not all conservatives agree.
Many of those present for the signing described the order as a marker set by an administration that is committed to ensuring the federal government does not encroach on religious views cherished by many Christians.
Family Research Council president Tony Perkins said the order “makes clear that the administration will pursue policies that protect and vigorously promote religious liberty.”
Perkins said the order “starts the process of reversing the devastating trend set by the last administration to punish charities, pastors, family owned businesses and honest, hard-working people simply for living according to their faith.”
Faith and Freedom Coalition chairman Ralph Reed called it “the first bite at the apple, not the last.”