Friday, February 03, 2017

Trump could undo "Johnson Amendment" which could unleash religious right politically

President Donald Trump has pledged to “destroy” the “Johnson Amendment”, (LBJ) singed by Dwight Eisenhower in the 1950s.  It prevents religious organizations from being able to claim tax deductions for partisan pollical activity.  The New York Times explains here. Sidney Waldman has an op-ed about it here.  There is some hint that Trump threw the religious right a "bone" after he left an LGBT EO in place, at the urging of adviser Jared Kushner.

The laws has some significance to the LGBTQ community.  Were it repealed, “religious right” churches could become more politically effective in elections and possibly re-introduce anti-gay agendas.  The deeper point is that people on the extremes are more likely to organize and maintain emotional "solidarity", whereas people in the middle are more likely to insist on keeping their own separate voices.  This is a serious problem that encourages more extreme, less intellectual or "elite" persons to bond together and take over political office.

Likewise, there is concern that orders or “religious freedom” legislation is coming down the pike soon.

On immigration, I posted a story on my International Issues blog about the status of asylum seekers in the Trump ban era (which is further complicated by a judge’s halting the ban tonight).
Photo: AGLA photo tonight.  News of judge’s order came into lobby by CNN.

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