He said his new executive order, which he would sign in a few moments, would abolish the Johnson Amendment.
“This financial threat against the faith community is over,” Trump declared. “This executive order directs the IRS to not unfairly target churches and religious organizations for political speech.”
“No one should be censoring sermons or targeting pastors,” he said.
“America has a rich tradition of social change beginning in our pews and pulpits,” Trump explained, especially highlighting African-American churches. “We should never infringe on the noble tradition of change from the church and progress from the pew.”
“That is why I am, today, directing the Department of Justice to develop new rules to insure these religious protections are afforded to all Americans,” he proclaimed.
He called the abuses of the Obama administration against religious individuals and institutions “widespread,” specifically mentioning The Little Sisters of the Poor, who fought hard against the Obamacare contraception mandate.
Impromptuly bringing two of the nuns on stage, Trump honored their efforts and said, “With this executive order, we are ending the attacks on your religious liberty, and we are proudly reaffirming America’s leadership role as a nation that protects religious freedom for everyone.”
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