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US creates religious liberty task force as 'faith comes under attack'

by Tola Mbakwe

US Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the creation of a Religious Liberty Task Force on Monday.

He said the task force will make sure the US Government practices what is preaches.

"The Task Force will help the department fully implement our religious liberty guidance by ensuring that all Justice Department components are upholding that guidance in the cases they bring and defend, the arguments they make in court, the policies and regulations they adopt, and how we conduct our operations," he said.

"That includes making sure that our employees know their duties to accommodate people of faith."

Mr Sessions said the task force will help make sure that America does not depart from policies that promote "peace, prosperity, freedom, lawfulness, and clarity".

The announcement came after Mr Sessions claimed the West has become more intolerable to people of faith.

"In recent years, the cultural climate in this country-and in the West more generally-has become less hospitable to people of faith. Many Americans have felt that their freedom to practice their faith has been under attack," he said.

"And it's easy to see why. We've seen nuns ordered to buy contraceptives.

"We've all seen the ordeal faced so bravely by Jack Phillips.

"Americans from a wide variety of backgrounds are concerned about what this changing cultural climate means for the future of religious liberty in this country."

The group will be co-chaired by the Associate Attorney General and the Assistant Attorney General for the Office of Legal Policy.

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