“Trump was successful in winning over a number of the pastors in attendance by promising that he would not only elect pro-life Supreme Court justices but also vowing to protect the First Amendment rights of churches and pastors.
Trump vowed to end a ban enacted in the Johnson Amendment of 1954 that punishes churches and other 501(c) tax-exempt nonprofit organizations by stripping them of their tax-exempt status if they engage in political activities or endorse candidates for public office.“
In 1954, while he was a Senator from Texas, Lyndon Johnson got a bill through the Senate that would place a muzzle on pastors about speaking on political matters or risk losing their tax exempt status with the IRS. Pastors have been terrified of losing this status since that year. In a speech in NYC, Donald […]