Donald Trump yesterday marked the "National Day of Prayer" with anti-LGBT conservatives, signing an executive order in a White House photo op that he claimed would boost "religious freedom".
A current provision in the USA federal tax code, known as the Johnson Amendment, says that churches can be investigated and lose their tax-exempt status if they directly support or oppose any political candidate.
"But the federal government should be honoring and enforcing our religious liberty laws anyway, legislation is required to actually address the Johnson Amendment-which isn't the prime priority on religious liberty-and the Supreme Court has already unanimously instructed the federal government to resolve the case of Little Sisters of the Poor and other HHS mandate cases", Anderson said.
In fact, there's only one known instance of a church losing its tax-exempt status over electioneering: The Church at Pierce Creek in NY, after it took out a full-page newspaper ad opposing Bill Clinton in 1992.
He added: 'Now [you're] in a position to say what you want to say. The reason I say that such a law is good for religious organizations is that when they get more political, they get divisive. Rather, it directs the IRS to evaluate political expression by religious nonprofits using the same criteria it employs for judging expression by nonreligious tax-exempt groups.
"First, no specific relief is offered to families like the Vander Boons in MI, who were threatened with the effective closure of their family-run business for simply expressing a religious point of view on marriage that differed from that of the federal government", he noted in a statement.
Ibrahim Hooper, spokesman for the Council on American-Islamic Relations, said that his group would keep urging US imams to speak out on moral issues with political consequences, but would urge them to remain nonpartisan.
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On the same day as the Rose Garden signing ceremony, Tyler submitted a statement to a subcommittee hearing of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee urging no change in the Johnson Amendment.
At the dinner, the advisory board presented Trump with a framed page from the original King James Bible, a gift from the Museum of the Bible which will open on November 17 in Washington, D.C. Trump was "visibly moved", said Land, former president of the Southern Baptist Convention's Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission.
"President Trump's prior assertion that he wished to "totally destroy" the Johnson Amendment with this order has proven to be a textbook case of 'fake news, '" Romero said.
The rule says religious institutions could be stripped of their tax exempt status if their clergy endorse political candidates. Religious leaders can endorse candidates or parties, but they can't do it from the pulpit or in the name of the church. "Most people I know don't want church to be one of those places", she said.
The provision is written in the tax code and would require an act of Congress to repeal fully.
The order shows how Trump delivers on his campaign promises, said Franklin Graham, president of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and Samaritan's Purse.