A Boon to Trump’s Churches

The Johnson Amendment is a 1954 federal law (named for sponsor and then-Senator LBJ) prohibiting churches and charities from endorsing political candidates, at the risk of losing their tax exempt status. Donald Trump has vowed to “destroy” the law, which would be a boon to some of the churches that support him. Ending this restriction on churches would also free non-profits like NARAL to lobby government aggressively on behalf of their candidates and pet legislation. The legal dividing line between religious/charitable political activity and political activity would thus be erased.

President Donald Trump ‘s vow to “destroy” a rule that prevents religious leaders from preaching politics from the pulpit drew mixed reactions from Baltimore-area…

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