The President is expected to enact a new law this week which would protect individuals and organisations that discriminate against LGBTQ people on religious grounds.
In an open letter published independently online, 1,300 religious leaders called on Mr Trump to abandon the bill, saying it would turn freedom "into a weapon to discriminate against broad swath[e]s of the nation”.
Although a final version of the order has not yet been published, a draft leaked to the Nation in February suggested conservative Christians could legally deny LGBTQ people goods and services under the new law. White House officials confirmed some of the contents of the draft to Politico this week.
Faith leaders pointed out that religious freedom is already protected by the constitution and...