President Trump announced new laws that allow health providers, insurers and employers to choose not to provide or pay for services that go against their religious or moral beliefs, in a host of provisions termed “conscience protections.”
Trump made the announcement in front of faith leaders at the National Day of Prayer yesterday.
These types of conversations and legislation around religious liberty are unique to the U.S. in that Americans are largely more religious than their counterparts in wealthier countries.
According to a compilation of Pew Research Center
surveys conducted between 2008 and 2017, people polled in the United States reported praying daily at a much higher rate than other wealthy countries. Particularly when compared to Europe, the U.S.’s daily religiosity
comes as a drastic comparison; just over half of respondents in the U.S. said they prayed daily, while similar countries register less than 10 percent of respondents who reported similar behavior. The type of daily religiosity reported by respondents in the U.S. is on par with Brazil, where nearly six in ten people report praying daily.