This blog originally founded by Blogger who holds a theological degree and a doctorate in Counseling Psychology. Taught Psychology for 32 years and is now Professor Emeritus. Is a board-certified psychologist and was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award in his profession. Ministered as a chaplain, and pastored Baptist and Episcopal churches. Publications cover the integration of psychology and theology. Served in the Army, the Merchant Marines and the Peace Corps.
Friday, May 5, 2017
Trump Unchains the Clergy
Lyndon Johnson, who after being called a Communist by preachers, pitched a hissy fit. He then made a change in the tax code, prohibiting tax-exempt organizations from endorsing or opposing political candidates.
When candidate Trump met with the thousand Evangelical leaders last year, he startled them when he said “If you don't mind me saying so, I think you guys have gotten soft." Then they brought up the Johnson Amendment which had put them in shackles. At that point Trump promised to take care of it. That promise and the promise to appoint judges who would not persecute the church, won the ministers and 81% of Evangelicals made Trump our president.
Trump said today that his executive order is meant to ensure that people are not unfairly targeted for political speech. In effect, the order discourages the IRS from going after churches aggressively for their political expression. “But the law stays on the books; an executive order cannot change it.”
President Donald Trump said today that the “threat against the faith community is over.”