As President Donald Trump and his administration push forward their agenda, religious freedom advocates across the country are increasingly worried about the fate of their faith.
As of the end of the month, more than two dozen churches and faith-based groups had signed on to an open letter signed by more than 2,000 leaders from more than 20 faiths, including the Southern Baptist Convention, the United Church of Christ, and the Orthodox Jewish Church.
They said the Trump administration has “gone beyond its mandate” and “threatened the free exercise of religion.”
They called for Congress to enact protections against discrimination against LGBT people, religious minorities, and those who are LGBTQIA.
In a statement, the leaders of the religious organizations said: We are not in the business of defending or promoting bigotry.
We are in the company of freedom.
We believe that we must stand together and stand up to those who seek to divide us.
The signatories to the letter said they were calling on the administration to “protect and defend the religious freedom of the majority of Americans,” but added that “those who seek political advantage from our concerns are the ones who are seeking to undermine religious freedom.”
They wrote: We urge you to immediately rescind these actions.
You have the power to do so.
There is no reason why this Administration should attempt to silence or marginalize any religious leader.
But that does not mean you must capitulate to religious persecution.
We know that some members of the Religious Right do.
As long as the Trump Administration continues to seek to silence, marginalize, and suppress all dissent, we will continue to stand together against this Administration.
A look at the history of the Church of Scientology The church of Scientology is an influential and influential church that has a presence in several cities in California.
But it has also faced criticism from those who say the organization’s teachings are too controversial and too divisive.
According to the Associated Press, the church has faced accusations that it is “cult-like,” that its teachings “are designed to convert” its followers, and that it has “an anti-gay agenda.”
In addition, the organization has faced controversy over a history of abuse claims, a claim that was debunked by a California judge.
A number of church leaders have said the church was never abusive, and in an interview with the AP, the founder of the church, David Miscavige, said he would not be surprised if the organization were to lose its tax-exempt status because of the accusations against it.
The church has not responded to a request for comment.
“There is an enormous amount of misinformation and fear and misunderstanding about Scientology,” said David Price, an expert on religion and a professor of religious studies at the University of Southern California.
Price said that the church’s actions in California are part of a broader trend of groups and individuals trying to marginalize those who question the church or those who disagree with it.
“They are trying to discredit, intimidate, and ostracize those they perceive as enemies of the establishment,” Price said.
“So they’re trying to push the boundaries in ways that are going to have a chilling effect on religious expression and religious expression in general.”
The church is now moving to build its own facilities and expand its reach in California, according to the Los Angeles Times.
According the church is planning to expand its mission in California and expand into several other states.
“We are moving our headquarters to California in the very near future,” Miscavig told the paper.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, a religious denomination based in the Utah desert, is also trying to expand.
The Mormon church is trying to build a facility in the Salt Lake City area.
It is also moving its headquarters to Los Angeles.
The organization says it will “build more temples in the United States, including one in Los Angeles.”
Miscavigne, who was recently released from prison on $1 million bail, has not commented on the planned expansion.