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Sunday, February 12, 2017

Debate: Should Congress Heed Trump's Call To Repeal The Johnson Amendment's Prohibition On Politicking By Churches?

IRS ChurchFollowing up on my previous post, Trump Vows To ‘Destroy’ Law Banning Political Endorsements By Tax-Exempt Churches: One of His 'Least Objectionable Policies'?:  U.S. News & World Report Debate Club, Is Repealing the Johnson Amendment a Good Idea?:

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It's justified self-defense. Given how religious people and churches were attacked during the Obama administration, they have every right to fight back.

And we shouldn't forget why this is called the "Johnson amendment." LBJ spent virtually his entire political career defending segregation and depriving black people of voting rights. He was savvy enough politically to sense that the civil rights movement would arise out of black churches, as indeed it did.

And we shouldn't forget that an alliance between black churches and white evangelicals was developing during the 1950s, with Martin Luther King speaking at integrated Billy Graham crusades.

Posted by: Michael W. Perry | Feb 12, 2017 4:29:21 PM