Wisconsin-based atheist group sues Trump over church order

May 07, 2017, 12:56

"After careful review of the order's text we have determined that the order does not meaningfully alter the ability of religious institutions or individuals to intervene in the political process", he said.

However, he also said there's a lot of responsibility given to people in any kind of religious authority. We're not looking to go out there and take away other people's rights.

The poll shows 71 percent of Americans favor the law, as do most all major USA religious groups Only about one-third of white evangelical Protestants favor allowing churches to endorse candidates, compared to 56 percent who oppose it.

The regulation, named for then-Sen. Lyndon Johnson. That bill barred houses of worship from electioneering or making outright political endorsements from the pulpit.

But the president's action signals to tax-exempt religious organizations they can more freely engage in political activity - as permitted now under law - without worrying about drawing IRS scrutiny. "That's illegal now for them, as a condition of their tax-exempt status".

The church was not penalized, but it racked up hundreds of thousands of dollars in legal fees over three years.

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Rather than loosening the reins on churches, opponents of the order say defanging the Johnson Amendment could put houses of worship in a bind.

Legislation to repeal the provision has been introduced periodically but never passed. In application and practice, the IRS has been increasingly using the Johnson Amendment, as well as other IRS tax codes, to target conservative churches. He also summarized Democratic challenger John Kerry's views on the issues.

"In failing to deliver for people of faith, President Trump risks alienating the single constituency most responsible for his election", Brian S. Brown, president of the anti-same-sex marriage organization National Organization for Marriage, told the New York Times.

"I'm very involved politically, but we've been handcuffed", Muller said. The complaint was eventually dismissed.

We're neither among those who feel churches should have no voice in the public square nor those who see faith-based groups as having been intimidated into silence. The FFRF is asking the court to declare the order unconstitutional. "I really appreciate it, because I believe open conversation allows us to have better unity. That's what freedom of religion is".

"Federal law protects the freedom of Americans and their organizations to exercise religion and participate fully in civic life without undue interference by the Federal Government".

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Trump hosted members of his evangelical advisory board at the White House Wednesday night and met earlier Thursday with Roman Catholic leaders. "We look forward to working with the White House, Justice Department and others to implement the principles laid out in today's executive order".

"And once again this administration has taken another step down a risky slippery slope, undermining safeguards against discrimination and the intrusion of partisan politics into our faith communities and other aspects of civic life created to serve the needs of all of the American public".

Liberty Counsel founder Mat Staver, an attorney who helped Floyd's church handle the 2004 complaint, predicts the IRS no longer will be scrutinizing sermons.

Baylor said directing the IRS not to enforce limits on political speech, while leaving the restrictions in place, still gives too much discretion to agents.

"I think it's a bad idea". "You are now in a position where you can say what you want to say ..."

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