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President Donald Trump Vows To Repeal Johnson Amendment Which Prohibits Churches From Engaging In Political Activity

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President Donald Trump has promised faith leaders Thursday that he would get rid of and totally destroy law that prohibits churches from engaging in political activity, a move that would upend 63 years of settled tax law.

In an appearance at the annual National Prayer Breakfast, Trump said he would make good on his promise to overturn the so-called Johnson Amendment, which bans public charities — including churches — from campaigning for or against a candidate for elected office. Those who do risk losing their tax exemption.

"Among those freedoms is the right to worship according to our own beliefs. That is why I will get rid of and totally destroy the Johnson Amendment and allow our representatives of faith to speak freely and without fear of retribution," Trump said. "I will do that, remember."

The statement was met by enthusiastic applause from the religious leaders.

The 1954 law is named for its author, then-senator Lyndon Johnson. Because it's in the tax code, any change would have to come from Congress.

www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2017/02/02/trump-vows-overturn-ban-political-activity-churches-johnson-amendment/97394540/

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