In a speech at the National Prayer Breakfast, President Trump vowed to “destroy” the Johnson Amendment, a provision that stops tax-exempt religious organizations from engaging in politics.
Lyndon B. Johnson introduced the amendment over 60 years ago, in 1954. Since then, it has forced churches to stay silent on the topic of politics. Trump explained that it is a threat to faith-based institutions who face the loss of their tax-exempt status if they choose to speak out.
"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. He then vowed to protect religious people's freedom in this nation, and explained that “our republic was formed on the basis that freedom is not a gift from government, but that freedom is a gift from God.”
“America will thrive as long as we continue to have faith in each other and faith in God,” Trump continued. “That faith in God has inspired men and women to sacrifice for the needy, to deploy to wars overseas, and lock arms at home to ensure equal rights for every man, woman, and child in our land.”
Many pastors and Christian conservatives have longed to repeal the Johnson Amendment, so this will be a huge victory for Trump if he can keep his promise.