Trump to Sign EO Laxing Political Activity Rules for Churches

John Wagner, Abby Phillip, and Julie Zauzmer at the Washington Post: Trump to Sign Executive Order Making It Easier for Churches to Support Political Candidates.
Trump on Thursday plans to relax enforcement of rules barring tax-exempt churches from participating in politics as part of a much-anticipated executive order on religious liberties, according to senior White House officials.

The order will also offer unspecified "regulatory relief" for religious objectors to an Obama administration mandate — already scaled back by the courts — that required contraception services as part of health plans, the officials said.

...In addition to the two policy changes, the order will also provide a blanket statement that "it is the policy of the administration to protect and vigorously promote religious liberty."

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.

The provision is written in the tax code and would require an act of Congress to repeal fully.

A White House official said Trump would instead direct the Internal Revenue Service to "exercise maximum enforcement discretion of the prohibition." Such a direction could be subject to legal challenge and would not necessarily extend beyond a Trump presidency.
Irrespective of whether Trump's erosion of the Johnson Amendment would survive a court challenge, his message is abundantly clear: This administration will do everything it can to enable social conservative Christians to legally discriminate against people they don't like, and everything it can to uphold Christian Supremacy.

What a perfect message on the "National Day of Prayer."

UPDATE: He signed it, following disgusting remarks by him and Pence.

Which is what I said would happen literally just yesterday.

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