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Religious Liberty, Trump Executive Order, Separation of Church and State

It appears that it will soon be the policy of the Trump administration to "vigorously promote religious liberty".  It will also soon be the administration's policy to go soft on political speech coming from the pulpit.  The Washington Post has it as follows:

"As a candidate and shortly after taking office, Trump declared he would 'totally destroy' what’s known as the Johnson Amendment, a six-decade-old ban on churches and other tax-exempt organizations supporting political candidates... A White House official said Trump would instead direct the Internal Revenue Service to 'exercise maximum enforcement discretion of the prohibition.'"

Fox News reports:

"...Sources tell Fox News the executive order will also allow non-profit organizations, hospitals, educational institutions, and businesses to deny certain health coverage for religious reasons. That would entail protecting Christian groups like Little Sisters of the Poor from being forced to pay for abortion services."

We await the text itself.  And we wonder if the administration will exercise maximum enforcement discretion for the Johnson Amendment on churches, synagogues, temples, and mosques equally.

Will the IRS look at political speeches made by an imam in Deaborn, Michigan the same as it does those made by a Baptist preacher in Mendenhall, Mississippi?

Will Islamic Relief be given as much latitude as Little Sisters of the Poor?  If the Trump administration is not evenhanded in its vigorous promotion of religious liberty, will it be less vigorous in its defense of the First Amendment?


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