Wisconsin-based atheist group sues Trump over church order

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07 May, 2017

And maybe some in the group wondered where "here" was since they hadn't even seen the two-page executive order they were gathered to congratulate and only knew the general idea of it from a White House memo issued the previous night with just three bullet points. While several Southern Baptist leaders offered their support, other Baptists criticize the action.

"We are giving churches their voices back", Trump said during the ceremony at the White House.

An adjustment to the Internal Revenue Code - which was adjusted in 1986 but continued to include Johnson Amendment - would require an act of Congress, but Trump can influence how it is enforced.

As he marked the National Day of Prayer at the White House Thursday, Trump signed the order asking the IRS to use "maximum enforcement discretion" over the rarely enforced regulation, known as Johnson Amendment. Instead, it only prevents partisan politicking while maintaining tax exemption. There will be a proclamation the President will sign.

The leadership of PFLAG National, an LGBT organization for families, said the lives of gay Americans could be controlled by other people's ideologies under Trump's new order.

"The actions taken today are a broadside to our country's long-standing commitment to the separation of church and state", the organization said. "Much, much more needed, especially from Congress". "Trump's assertion that he wished to "totally destroy" the Johnson amendment with this order has proven to be a textbook case of 'fake news'". Although a president can not actually repeal the regulation, his act may encourage some churches to engage in partisan politics.

The executive order will also protect non-profit and religious organizations from the ObamaCare mandate that forced them to provide contraceptives and abortion-inducing drugs and devices at no cost to the employees.

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For Clinton, that entails speaking out about the role misogyny played in the election - something she's mentioned before. She conceded she made mistakes but said, "The reason I believe we lost were the intervening events in the last 10 days".

Throughout his campaign and afterward, Trump has maligned the amendment as a muzzle on the free speech of clergy.

"What is a pastor to do if a congregant who is a major donor now makes his church gift contingent on an endorsement from the pulpit for his or her preferred candidate?" asked Saperstein, a former USA ambassador-at-large for religious freedom, as well as the Union for Reform Judaism's adviser for policy and strategy. "But some politicians and a few interest groups looking to solidify their political power continue to push it to further their agenda".

President Trump rolled out a long-awaited executive order today. Almost 100 clergy and faith leaders from across a range of denominations sent a letter last month to congressional leaders urging them to uphold the regulation.

Bishop Ronnie Crudup Sr. heads the Fellowship of International Churches. "It would undermine my moral authority as a guardian of religious tradition".

-Vox dives into the details surrounding the order and the widespread opposition to the ideas it promotes, both from advocacy groups like the BJC as well as the public. He also summarized Democratic challenger John Kerry's views on the issues.

Meanwhile, House Ways and Means Committee chairman Rep. Kevin Brady has expressed support for the repeal of the Johnson Amendment in the tax code overhaul. Noting the importance of religious liberty, he explained the targeted regulation "is not a threat to religious liberty".


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