Should churches and other nonprofits be allowed to participate in political campaigns and endorse or attack candidates? President Trump thinks so and recently vowed to “totally destroy” the law banning such activity.
If this appears a violation of America’s founding principles, consider that for most of our history there was no such prohibition. It began with the 1954 “Johnson Amendment” (JA), which wasn’t even born of principle. Rather, then-senator Lyndon Johnson pushed the legislation to prevent a wealthy opponent from using a nonprofit against him in a senatorial election.
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