The Rev. Franklin Graham is asking Americans to pray after U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the creation a new religious liberty task force within the Department of Justice.
In a speech Monday during the Department of Justice’s Religious Liberty Summit in Washington, D.C., Sessions said 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 added, “That includes making sure that our employees know their duties to accommodate people of faith.”
Graham praised Sessions for establishing the task force, arguing attacks on religious liberty have impacted “Christian bakers, florists, and others in our nation.” He went on to claim such attacks “can be devastating to families.”
“Many are persecuted simply for standing up for the truths taught in the Bible,” Graham wrote. “Let’s pray for this important task force as they work toward protecting religious liberty.”
That task force will, according to CNN, be led jointly by Associate Attorney General Jesse Panuccio and Assistant Attorney General for the Office of Legal Policy Beth Williams.
Sessions noted the decision to establish the religious liberty task force was catalyzed by “a dangerous movement” aimed at breaking down the First Amendment right to freedom of religion.