Repealing the Johnson Amendment

Mr. Trump has added a plank to this party’s platform to repeal I.R.S. rules sponsored by Lyndon Johnson in 1954 barring churches and nonprofits from expressing political free speech. . . . Trust me, the repeal of the Johnson Amendment will create a huge revolution for conservative Christians and for free speech (Jerry Falwell Jr., Republican National Convention, 2016).


To claim that churches are not political is like claiming that Rome executed Jesus for being nice. There is nothing I can think of that, by its very nature, is more political than religion.

Simple solution: tax wealth.

Or, as a wise man once put it: “Render unto Caesar the things that are Caesar’s and unto God the things that are God’s” (Matthew 22:21). Added another wise man: “Pay to all what is due them — taxes to whom taxes are due, revenue to whom revenue is due, respect to whom respect is due, honor to whom honor is due” (Romans 13:7). Nor are we talking about “good Christian leaders.” We are talking about the monster Nero. So, get over it.

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