President Donald Trump vowed in his first National Prayer Breakfast as chief executive to make good on a campaign promise to repeal the law that restricts political speech from the pulpit, the Religion News website reports today (February 3, 2017).
"I will get rid of it, totally destroy the Johnson Amendment and allow our representatives of faith to speak freely and without fear," he said on February 2 to a gathering of 3,500 faith leaders, politicians, and other dignitaries from around the world.
The Johnson amendment -- championed by then-Texas Sen. Lyndon Johnson -- prohibits tax-exempt houses of worship from engaging in partisan politics. Otherwise, they risk their tax-exempt status.
Repeal of the amendment -- passed into law in 1954 -- is among the list of important acts President Trump plans to accomplish in his first year in office.