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Trump Allows Political Activity by Religious Non-Profits

by CrownHeights.info Staff

President Donald Trump signed an executive order today, Thursday, making it easier for religious organizations such as synagogues and churches to actively participate in politics without risking their tax-exempt status, and to protect faith-based groups from being forced to pay for abortion services under Obamacare.

President Trump took the action at a National Day of Prayer event as he hosted religious leaders at the White House, including Chabad representative to Washington, D.C. Rabbi Levi Shemtov.

The order is aimed at easing an IRS provision that prohibits churches from directly opposing or endorsing political candidates. Mr. Trump has been promising to get rid of the measure since the early days of his campaign for the presidency.

The action will direct the IRS to immediately “exercise maximum enforcement discretion to alleviate the burden” of the so-called Johnson amendment, a tax provision which was enacted in 1954.

6 Comments

  • 2. WHAT wrote:

    NO! WHAT! This is a complete and utter violation of the first amendment! RELIGION AND POLITICS SHOULD NEVER MIX. This is disgusting. Wow….this man….from all of the scandals his team has been involved with (cough russia cough) to this. I wish the Republican Party came up with a better candidate.

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    • 3. Richard Roe wrote:

      Hm. So you would have been against the movement to abolish slavery, much of which involved sermons from the pulpit; and the Civil Rights Movement, including MLK Jr.’s (an ordained minister) “I Have a Dream” speech, with all its references to the Bible.

      Pretty typical for a Democrat…

  • 4. WHAT wrote:

    Wow you really know nothing about history. A while back the parities switched. Today’s democrats were called republicans long, long ago. And republicans today were called democrats. So it was what would now be the current Democratic Party that had the desire to abolish slavery.

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    • 5. Richard Roe wrote:

      Really? Let’s see. Which party had a Grand Wizard of the KKK (Robert Byrd) as one of its leaders until his death? Why, that would be the Democratic party.

      To which party is it that George “Segregation now, segregation tomorrow, segregation forever” Wallace belonged? Once again, the Democrats.

      So no, you know nothing about history. Nor do you know the first thing about the First Amendment, because it doesn’t say a thing about what you claim it does; it says, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.”

      Do yourself a favor and educate yourself a little, so that you don’t sound quite so foolish in the future.

  • 6. DeClasse' Intellectual wrote:

    #2,3,4’s let us get the real constitutional record strait!
    First there is the Supreme C decision: CITIZENS UNITED that is the basic key to understanding.
    The original intention–as outlined in the debates about the CONSTITUTION and the BILL OF RIGHTS was that no religious organization was allowed to force anyone into their organization. Any one was protected in his ability to worhip and join or not to do.
    In the deabtes the framers favored men of strong religious belief and practice as being better choices to run the ultimate evil–government

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