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Trump says he wants to expand political activity of tax-exempt religious organizations

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Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump speaks at the Bethel United Methedoist Church on September 14, 2016 in Flint, Michigan. / AFP / MANDEL NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images) MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images

As reported by the New York Times, at the National Prayer Breakfast Thursday, President Trump said he would take away political speech restrictions in tax-exempt churches.

The move would overturn the Johnson Amendment, which forbids churches from working on a political candidate's campaign without losing their tax-exemptions.

Under current law, churches may not openly endorse candidates, but that would change should President Trump move forward with this plan, which could strengthen his religious conservative supporters. Congressional approval would be required to move forward with overturning the law.

Guest:

Julie Zauzmer, religion reporter for the Washington Post who wrote the recent article, "Trump said he’ll ‘totally destroy’ the Johnson amendment. What is it and why do people care?"; she tweets @JulieZauzmer

 

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