Federal judges may find the President Donald Trump’s new executive order on immigration more acceptable than the last.
But many religious groups and faith leaders see no meaningful difference in the new measure, which Trump signed privately March 6.
"Make no mistake, this is the Muslim ban that President Trump and his aides have been promising," Farhana Khera, president of Muslim Advocates, said in a statement. "The administration is just rearranging the chairs at the same table."
After taking heat from the religious right for saying Christians and Muslims have all committed horrors in God's name, President Barack Obama is now angering the religious left with an upcoming White House conference on combating "violent extremism" that seems to focus only on Muslims.
The back-to-back controversies raise the question: Can Obama -- or any president -- walk the tightrope of religious rhetoric in today's political crosswinds?
A coalition of critics is urging Obama to drop the practice of permitting religious groups to hire and fire based on a person's faith when they receive federal money.