Cooper: Trump administration gives religious freedom a boost with new school, funding guidance

Staff File Photo / Marion County High School fans and players pray on the field before the school's 2016 game with Austin-East in Jasper, Tennessee.

From the reaction Thursday, you'd have thought President Donald Trump had established a state religion.

It's an "attack on the Constitution," said Democratic U.S. Reps. Jared Huffman of California and Jamie Raskin of Maryland.

The president is blurring the separation between church and state, said the Freedom From Religion Foundation.

"[I]f necessary," said Daniel Mach, director of the American Civil Liberties Union Program on Freedom of Religion and Belief, "we'll see them in court."

What, in heaven's name, did Trump do?

In the main, he announced the government was clarifying and detailing federal guidance on school prayer that was made in 2003. In truth, the new guidance made very few substantial changes from the previous George W. Bush-era rules.

What has changed in the last 17 years, though, are the increased attacks on students who pray, read their Bibles, write about their faith or want to share their spirituality with willing friends.