- Jan 18, 2020
During his campaign and in February once in office, President Trump promised to “destroy” the Johnson Amendment and “allow our representatives of faith to speak freely and without fear.” Many religious leaders are opposed to the removal of the Amendment saying it would have a detrimental effect on them.
“Nice to win, isn’t it?” President Donald Trump said at a Fourth of July concert hosted by First Baptist Church Dallas. Trump went on to promise that he will not forget those who helped him win the presidency, especially the U.S. military and Evangelicals.
While some religious leaders are excited by President Donald Trump’s executive order to ease limits on churches endorsing political candidates, The Rev. Don Anderson, executive minister of the Rhode Island State Council of Churches, and others say the Johnson Amendment can protect the clergy from being put in awkward spots, such as being asked to endorse a parishioner’s relative.
On the same day that Donald Trump issued a controversial executive order about religious freedom that garnered much conversation about whether or not it changed much, and that Republicans voted to repeal healthcare, there were many Christians just taking the opportunity to celebrate the National Day of Prayer.
Finally President Trump has signed the long-awaited executive order for religious freedom. Unfortunately many Catholic leaders and advocates are disappointed with the order with some calling it “woefully inadequate,” others defining it as “pretty much nothing,” and more viewing it as “a betrayal.”