It seems that someone needs to explain the whole separation of Church and State thing to the new President.
The Johnson Amendment is a 1954 provision in the U.S. tax code that prohibits churches and other tax-exempt non-profit organizations from opposing or endorsing political candidates. The amendment assures the separation of Church and State. And, if the amendment is repealed, these organizations would be able to participate in partisan politics and political campaigning without losing their tax-exempt status.
On the campaign trail Trump vowed to get rid of the Johnson amendment. He said,
“The first thing we have to do is give our churches their voice back.”
“The Johnson Amendment has blocked our pastors from speaking their minds from their own pulpit. If they want to talk about Christianity, if they want to preach or talk about politics, they’re unable to do so, they take a tremendous risk that they’ll lose their tax-exempt status.”
And now on Thursday morning, at the White House National Prayer Breakfast, Trump again assured religious leaders that he would indeed “totally destroy” the Johnson Amendment.
“I will get rid of and totally destroy the Johnson Amendment and allow our representatives of faith to speak freely and without fear of retribution.”
“I will do that, remember.”
“And the world is under serious, serious threat, in so many different ways and I’ve never seen it so much and so openly.”
“The world is in trouble, we’re going to straighten it out.”
Trump said that religious freedom is a “sacred right” that is now “under threat.” Ironically, this is also the same President who wants to ban Muslims. The only religion he believes is under threat is Christianity. Apparently that sacred right doesn’t apply to all religions in Trump’s America.