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Trump vows to ‘destroy’ ban on churches in politics National Prayer Breakfast

Feb 03, 2017 - Plain Dealer (Cleveland, Ohio)

Washington — President Donald Trump vowed Thursday to overturn a law restricting political speech by churches, a potentially huge victory for the religious right and a gesture to his political base.

Trump said his administration would “totally destroy” the Johnson Amendment, which prohibits churches from engaging in political activity at the risk of losing their tax-exempt status.

Repealing the law would require approval by Congress. Certain tax-exempt organizations — in this...