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GOP Tax Plan Would Permit Churches To Endorse Political Candidates

The Republican tax plan would remove the ban on churches from endorsing political candidates according to the Hill.

The Republican tax plan would remove the ban on churches from endorsing political candidates according to the Hill.

The House Republican tax bill released Thursday would allow churches to endorse political candidates, rolling back a 1950s-era law that bars such activities. The proposed change is listed at the end of the 429-page legislation. It states that churches should not lose their tax-exempt status based on statements about political candidates made during the course of religious services.

During the campaign, Trump promised that he would push for the removal of the Johnson Amendment.

The change to what is known as the Johnson Amendment has long been a priority of leaders on the religious right. They say the policy violates the First Amendment. President Trump vowed to repeal the amendment during the campaign, saying it would "give our churches their voice back."

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