The Department of Justice announced today that the “Place To Worship Initiative” is coming into effect. The initiative focuses on protecting the ability of places of worship and other religious institutions to build, expand, buy or rent facilities.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions said in a statement:
The Constitution doesn’t just protect freedom to worship in private—it protects the public exercise of religious belief, including where people worship together. Under the laws of this country, government cannot discriminate against people based on their religion–not in law enforcement, not in grant-making, not in hiring, and not in local zoning laws. President Trump is an unwavering defender of the right of free exercise, and under his leadership, the Department of Justice is standing up for the rights of all Americans. By raising awareness about our legal rights, the Place to Worship Initiative will help us bring more civil rights cases, win more cases, and prevent discrimination from happening in the first place.
The Department of Justice is additionally launching a new website wherein more information can be found: justice.gov/crt/place-worship-initiative which includes information, a complaint portal, a question and answer document, and additional materials.
A webinar on June 26 will be held to provide training and resources for the U.S. Attorney’s offices.