The Johnson Amendment is under attack.

This secular amendment bars religious establishments from endorsing or opposing political candidates. The current theocratic administration is attacking separation of church and state. If churches are permitted to endorse or oppose political candidates then tax exemption status should be removed. I think churches should have to pay taxes regardless since they are for profit institutions.

This pic says it all. Apparently that prayer session was in response to the scrutiny Donald Jr is under.  I find it deeply disturbing that our political leaders resort to this as a means of dealing with adversity.

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They absolutely should, and they've already long been campaigning with impunity. It was all nudge nudge wink wink, but now it'll just be business as usual. The most alarming thing to my mind is people no longer have to pretend they're not blatantly propagandizing.

Yes, they are doing their damndest to re-write history and prove that America was founded as a "Christian nation." I went to school with a man who claims even today that the bible was used early on as a Weekly Reader, and that publication didn't come along until somewhere around 1912. Only a theist would see such an early need for this.

Worth repeating: the myth of America as a specifically "Christian" nation founded on Christian principles was manufactured in the '30s and '40s by big business and their hired pastors, in order to oppose labor regulations and other aspects of the New Deal. Individual responsibility and individual salvation were made out to be "founding principles", opposing "pagan statism".

One Nation Under God: How Corporate America Invented Christian Amer...

  Thank you for the link. Through the reviews i was able to get a good idea of what the book was about. Unfortunately i will never read it as  the focus of my studies already have given me a stack of unread books!

An excellent book which I've read and recommend without hesitation.

The Church of Scientology is quite wealthy due to their tax exempt religion status. They charge members exorbitant amounts to work their way up the hierarchy. They also demand a sizeable portion of all members income. Mormons do that as well.

We who want to keep church and state separate have our work cut out for us.

Happily, we have allies (I hope my memory for numbers is still in working order)--the seventy or so percent of churchgoers (the non-authoritarians) who don't want their churches to become political organizations.

Many people vie for theocracy in a veiled manner though. Anti abortion, denying birth control, denying sex education, promoting " Intelligent Design " in the class room, denying terminally ill people the right to die with dignity, calling evolution a theory and the list goes on.

I didn't state the point clearly.

Many churchgoers, as they sit in the pews during services, won't want to hear ministers saying "Vote for Dick/Jane for mayor/governor/etc."

Many ministers/preachers/etc won't want to lose the parishoners who don't want to be told how to vote.

 I wholeheartedly agree with you. Instead they give sermons which state "GODS" position.

U.S. House Committee Passes Bill Letting Pastors Preach Politics from the Pulpit


Yesterday, the U.S. House Committee on Appropriations passed a version of the proposed budget bill that includes a provision gutting the Johnson Amendment and letting tax-exempt churches endorse candidates from the pulpit without consequences.
Forget Donald Trump‘s symbolic executive order from last month. This is the real deal — and it’s a disaster in the making.

We are fucked!


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