Donald Trump's executive order to repeal the Johnson Amendment may not have much legal weight, but we shouldn't just ignore the very real (and very devastating) message it sends to all Americans.
Congressman Jim Banks of Indiana spoke on the House floor May 4th on the need to reform the Johnson Amendment, which limits the ability of faith-based non-profits and churches to engage in free speech and exercise religious freedom. Banks is a 2016 graduate of Family Policy Foundation’s Statesmen Academy. Show More Summary
What was the point of the Johnson Amendment executive order? Why did Trump lie about the military ban on Bibles? Do atheists have a legal case against it? And many more questions answered on this week's podcast.
The text of the president’s order, which targets the Johnson Amendment, doesn't accomplish very much at all, advocates said.
But not LGBT protections. The post New EO on religious liberty takes aim at HHS, Johnson amendment appeared first on Hot Air.
Repealing the so-called Johnson Amendment, which effectively prohibits pastors from engaging in partisan politics from the pulpit, has been one of Donald Trump’s most consistent promises to Christian voters. “I am going to work veryShow More Summary
Prayer breakfast pledge to ‘totally destroy’ Johnson Amendment comes up shy; conscience exemptions from LGBT anti-discrimination rules missing. In his biggest religious liberty push since taking office, President Donald Trump officially laid out in an executive order some of the protections he has promised faithful supporters for months. Show More Summary
Executive Order, Promoting Free Speech and Religious Liberty (May 4, 2017): By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, in order to guide the executive branch in formulating and implementing policies with implications for the religious liberty of...
The Freedom From Religion Foundation says that Trump gave churches permission to tell their members how to vote, but non-profit groups like theirs (that cater to atheists) are still forbidden from doing the same thing.
While the idea of the executive order is disturbing -- and church/state separation groups have a right to be upset -- it doesn't ultimately change much.
Harvard Law wants students to defer admission. Tuition deferral program still a no go apparently. [New York Times / Dealbook] Trump signing executive order to let the IRS choose when to enforce the Johnson amendment. I'm old enough to remember when conservatives had a meltdown over exaggerated allegations of IRS selective enforcement. Show More Summary
This is essentially the repeal of the Johnson Amendment that church/state separation advocates have been fearing ever since Trump won the election.
Can pie throwing be considered a protected form of speech? Will Kevin Johnson be asked, for the first time ever, to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth about his seamy side, so help him God? Will Michelle Rhee get cross-examined—or even examined? Read more...
If Republicans successfully repeal the Johnson Amendment, pastors would have the ability to tell their congregations who to vote for -- blatantly playing politics -- without losing their churches' tax exemptions.Now, instead of voting on a stand-alone bill, it looks like the GOP will sneak the repeal into a larger piece of legislation in order to avoid unwanted attention.
Donald Trump has promised to repeal the Johnson Amendment, one of the crucial building blocks of the wall between religion and government. Here's what you need to know to make sense of why this would be a disaster.
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Efforts to repeal the Johnson Amendment. Repealing this (already rather weak rule dividing advocacy from politics) would affix charitable nonprofits into place as money laundering handmaidens to politics. The proposed budget cut to the...Show More Summary
Atheist activist Justin Scott appeared at a town hall meeting with Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) today and had a chance to ask him a question about the rights of atheists and the proposed repeal of the Johnson Amendment.Grassley's response? "I believe in Jesus Christ."