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Thousands of Faith Leaders Ask Congress to Protect Johnson Amendment

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More than 4,000 religious leaders have signed a letter urging Congress to maintain the Johnson Amendment, a law barring pulpit politicking that President Trump has vowed to gut.

 

 

 

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The letter signed by a wide range of clergy and lay members — from Methodists to Muslims to those who hold metaphysical beliefs —... Catholic, Jewish and Unitarian Universalist organizations also were among the sponsoring groups of the letter that has signers from Alabama to Wyoming.

 

Ahem, :RpS_glare:

 

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William

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Very interesting. Best to keep state away from church.

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Very interesting. The law needs to stand. The amendment to strip nonprofit status from tax exempt institutions that endorses political candidates would not be enforced by the IRS. Best to keep church away from state.

 

I do not agree. The State ought have no authority over the Church. If a local congregation does not believe in preaching on political issues of the day from the pulpit or even endorsing a candidate then they should refrain from doing so. These groups that signed the petition are "leftist" and is just another way of leftist restricting free speech. Conservative churches have been muzzled through the Johnson Amendment. Such churches have been dictated by the IRS about what kind of sermons they can preach, preaching on social or political issues such as LGBT has left some churches and organizations audited by the IRS. The State and IRS should have no authority over the Church whatsoever.

 

It is no surprise to me that those signing the petition are leftist. Getting rid of the Johnson Amendment was a promise by Trump to the Right Christian Evangelicals and one of the reasons why so many voted for him.

 

The OT is littered with examples of Prophets speaking to a Nation. Likewise, I hope the Voice of America's Conscience (the Church) rings again.

 

God bless,

William

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I do not agree. The State ought have no authority over the Church. If a local congregation does not believe in preaching on political issues of the day from the pulpit or even endorsing a candidate then they should refrain from doing so. These groups that signed the petition are "leftist" and is just another way of leftist restricting free speech. Conservative churches have been muzzled through the Johnson Amendment. Such churches have been dictated by the IRS about what kind of sermons they can preach, preaching on social or political issues such as LGBT has left some churches and organizations audited by the IRS. The State and IRS should have no authority over the Church whatsoever.

 

It is no surprise to me that those signing the petition are leftist. Getting rid of the Johnson Amendment was a promise by Trump to the Right Christian Evangelicals and one of the reasons why so many voted for him.

 

The OT is littered with examples of Prophets speaking to a Nation. Likewise, I hope the Voice of America's Conscience (the Church) rings again.

 

God bless,

William

 

I must have misunderstood the article. I just re-read the article again and I agree with you. I edited my original post.

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