Trump Vows to Repeal the Johnson Amendment


President Donald Trump vowed to repeal the Johnson Amendment during the National Prayer Breakfast on Thursday.

The Johnson Amendment puts limits on the political activities of non-profit organizations, such as endorsing or opposing political candidates.  The amendment applies primarily to churches and other non-profit organizations with 501(c)(3) tax exemptions. The amendment was named after former President Lyndon B. Johnson, who proposed the bill when he was a Texas senator.

Trump said he would "get rid of and totally destroy the Johnson Amendment."

"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.

As a candidate, Trump promised he would push to repeal the Johnson Amendment in an effort to defend and expand religious liberty. Trump said that religious liberty is currently under threat.

"Freedom of religion is a sacred right. But it is also a right under threat all around us," Trump said.

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