Thursday, May 04, 2017

The religious camel's nose


For those who believe that their imaginary invisible sky demon is so much better than all the rest that they must force it upon people, the barrier between politics and the pulpit has been an immense frustration. Donald Trump in his latest pander to the pseudo-Christian community has just signed an Imperial Decree that says your local godbotherer can preach all the politics he wants now.
President Trump pledged on Thursday to protect religious liberty in America, telling a gathering of faith leaders in Washington that members of the clergy should be allowed to endorse candidates without fear that their churches will lose tax-exempt status.

Mr. Trump signed an executive order directing the Internal Revenue Service to avoid cracking down on political activity by religious organizations, making good on a campaign pledge he used to help build support among religious conservatives.

“For too long, the federal government has used the power of the state as a weapon against people of faith, bullying and even punishing Americans for following their religious beliefs,” Mr. Trump said in a ceremony in the White House Rose Garden.

“You are now in a position where you can say what you want to say,” he said, earning several standing ovations from his invited guests.

President Trump pledged on Thursday to protect religious liberty in America, telling a gathering of faith leaders in Washington that members of the clergy should be allowed to endorse candidates without fear that their churches will lose tax-exempt status.

Mr. Trump signed an executive order directing the Internal Revenue Service to avoid cracking down on political activity by religious organizations, making good on a campaign pledge he used to help build support among religious conservatives.

“For too long, the federal government has used the power of the state as a weapon against people of faith, bullying and even punishing Americans for following their religious beliefs,” Mr. Trump said in a ceremony in the White House Rose Garden.

“You are now in a position where you can say what you want to say,” he said, earning several standing ovations from his invited guests.
Not quite the freedom to discriminate against innocent people that these holier-than-thou assholes wanted. And as it only an Imperial Decree it does not rescind the Johnson Amendment and leaves the possibility of a following administration going back to enforcing thepromise of the Constitution.

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