Do religious groups need more political power in America? | The Tylt

Do religious groups need more political power in America?

President Trump just signed an executive order making it easier for religious organizations to advocate for or against political candidates. Supporters say this order restores freedom of speech to religious leaders. Critics say it interferes with the separation of church and state, and accuse Trump of giving religious organizations too much clout. What do you think? ⛪ 🇺🇸

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The executive order eases IRS restrictions on political activities by religious groups, directing the IRS not to actively investigate or pursue cases of political activism by members of the clergy. Supporters say it grants church leaders full right to freedom of expression.

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But even some religious leaders fear this executive order sets a disturbing precedent.

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Critics also say this executive order opens the door for dark money to be filtered through religious organizations. Billionaire donors could give anonymously, while simultaneously receiving a charitable tax deduction.

The elimination of the Johnson Amendment would create a substantial loophole in campaign finance law that could be exploited by those seeking to influence faith leaders and faith communities. Because 501(c)(3) nonprofits are not required to disclose their donors, political donors could shift many of their political activities to charities, such as churches, in order to avoid campaign contribution disclosure laws.
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The American Civil Liberties Union is filing suit against the executive order.

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But others say this is a victory for free speech, and are applauding Trump for keeping his campaign promises to the religious community.

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And supporters also say the Johnson Amendment was simply unconstitutional.

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Do religious groups need more political power in America?
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