Wristbands are on the rise as a growing number of Americans face restrictions imposed by President Donald Trump and other Republican leaders on what are seen as the “Christian warrior” clothing.
Trump signed the religious freedom bill into law on Wednesday, making it illegal to discriminate against a person or group based on their religious affiliation.
He signed the bill into effect last week and the measure was meant to be temporary.
But after the White House imposed a blanket ban on wearing the wristbands in public for two weeks, they have now soared in popularity and sales have skyrocketed.
Sales of the wristband were up nearly 5,000% during the first three days of sales on Friday, according to market research firm iSpot.
“There is definitely a push for these wristbands because they are basically a symbol of freedom, of religious freedom,” said Christina Dawn, a sales manager at Christian Warrior Clothing.
“You can wear them anywhere you want.
They are great to show your friends you’re proud to be Christian and you are a warrior.”
The new regulations have already sparked protests across the country.
In New York City, demonstrators blocked a highway, and in Philadelphia, a large gathering of protesters took to the streets.
In New York, a number of Christian groups are boycotting the government’s restrictions.
They include the Southern Baptist Convention, which has already denounced the restrictions.
The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops issued a statement on Wednesday denouncing Trump’s decision to impose a blanket religious freedom ban.
The Church has always stood against the discrimination that exists against individuals and groups on the basis of their religious beliefs, but the administration’s actions today have no place in our values,” Archbishop Timothy Dolan said.
Dolan added that the bishops would continue to “promote a positive dialogue about religious freedom and freedom of conscience” with the new administration.
Amber Egan, a spokeswoman for the U.N. Human Rights Council, said the U to hold “a thorough investigation into the impact of the President’s decision on religious freedom in the United States.”
Some critics say the restrictions on wearing Christian Warrior clothing are reminiscent of the government banning the hijab and other clothing worn by Muslims.
While the White, Republican and Democratic presidential candidates all say they are for religious freedom, Trump’s religious freedom order has drawn criticism from some of the country’s largest Christian groups.
President Trump signs the religious Freedom bill into a law on Dec. 12, 2017 in the Oval Office of the WhiteHouse.
The American Civil Liberties Union of Florida is filing a lawsuit to block the restrictions, saying they violate the First Amendment rights of Americans.
The ACLU also said it will challenge the constitutionality of the law.
As part of the crackdown on the Christian warrior movement, Trump signed the “No Sanctuary for Criminals” law last month.
The measure, which allows the U of A to take any action to apprehend or prosecute anyone caught violating immigration laws, is aimed at cracking down on “illegal aliens.”
Supporters of the bill, which also prohibits the wearing of religious symbols, have said it is designed to stop people who may be in the country illegally from taking advantage of public services, like the UofA.
Supporters also say the law protects students from discrimination by schools and churches.
Trump has not responded to the ACLU lawsuit.
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