Trump to Pastors: Overturn Johnson Amendment
Last Thursday Donald Trump addressed a room full of Pastors in Orlando, Florida at a Pastors and Pews conference. Trump's message according to CBN, "the government has been trying to hinder the influence of Christians in the political system for years."
"Christians have been silenced like a child," Trump told pastors, stating the Obama administration has been a part of the problem.
Trump's solution he told pastors was to repeal and overturn the 1954 legislation by then Sen. Lyndon B. Johnson limiting the free speech of pastors. The "Johnson Amendment" essentially threatens to revoke tax-exempt status for endorsing or opposing a political candidate.
"They get absolutely hit with the 501(c)(3), which is the tax exempt status, which is a tremendous hit. It's a shattering hit, and it really keeps them silent," Trump said.
"Free speech is being taken away from people who are saying good things, not bad things. And if I can do that, I will have done a great thing for religion as a whole, and it's so important to me."