This change will allow religious organizations to speak freely about politics
Donald Trump claims if elected, he will challenge the “Johnson amendment” that bans churches and other religious organizations from campaigning politically.
While introducing Mike Pence as his running mate on Saturday, Trump stated, “We’re going to get rid of that horrible Johnson amendment and we’re going to let evangelicals, we’re going to let Christians and Jews and people of religion talk without being afraid to talk.”
Pence is a Catholic with evangelical ties. He may be instrumental in providing Trump with credibility among the evangelical vote- one that he has been courting for some time.
The Johnson amendment was originally sponsored by Lyndon Johnson in 1954 while he was a Texas senator.
The amendment states that tax-exempt organizations are unable to “participate in, or intervene in (including publishing or distributing of statements) any political campaign on behalf of or in opposition to any candidate for public office.”
Trump believes the repeal of this amendment would be his greatest contribution to Christianity. He says that it will allow people of faith to speak openly.
“If you like somebody or want somebody to represent you, you should have the right to do it,” says Trump.