Saturday, February 4, 2017

Donald Trump: Get Rid Of and Totally Destroy the Separation of Church and State

President Donald Trump at the annual National Prayer Breakfast told his audience that he “will get rid of and totally destroy the Johnson Amendment and allow our representatives of faith to speak freely and without fear of retribution.”

“The amendment, passed in 1954, prohibits churches and other tax-exempt organizations from endorsing political candidates; repealing it—which Trump and Vice President Mike Pence also vowed to do on the 2016 campaign trail—"would theoretically allow houses of worship and religious leaders to openly advocate for political candidates while retaining their tax-exempt status, while also allowing them to funnel religious donations into explicitly political efforts," according to Emma Green at The Atlantic.”

“Lifting those guidelines would erode the separation of church and state as we know it, allowing churches to effectively operate as America’s most powerful Super PACs,” writes Salon’s Nico Lang.

Suggested reading: The scary implications of Trump’s Prayer Breakfast speech