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Opinion Column by Chuck Baldwin
Last Thursday, President Donald Trump signed an executive order (EO) that ostensibly relaxes enforcement of the Johnson Amendment–a 1954 amendment to the 501c3 Internal Revenue Code (IRC) that places churches under the regulations of non-profit organizations, thereby restricting their political speech and activity. For over sixty years, pastors and churches have labored under the threat of the loss of tax exemption should they run afoul of the 501c3 tax law. Trump said his EO is designed to give pastors and churches more liberty to exercise their freedom of speech without risking the wrath of the IRS. Obviously, it would take congressional action to actually remove or overturn the Johnson Amendment.
I personally think Trump's EO is a step in the right direction–as far as it goes.
Of course, obvious Republican shills such as Tony Perkins are gushing all over Donald Trump for his decision. Perkins said, "No longer will the IRS muzzle the speech of pastors and non-profit
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