Excerpt By: News & Observer. Written By: William Douglas.
President Donald Trump vowed Thursday to “totally destroy” a measure that bars houses of worship from endorsing political candidates, and eager Capitol Hill conservatives are ready to fight for him. But they’re unlikely to get the votes they need.
Trump called for an end to the so-called Johnson Amendment, a 1954 measure authored by then-Sen. Lyndon Johnson of Texas that prevents tax-exempt entities such as churches, mosques and synagogues from participating in political activities such as endorsing or opposing particular candidates.
“I will do that, remember,” Trump told the National Prayer Breakfast, a bipartisan event attended by about 3,000 people, including many powerful Washington insiders.