The Johnson Amendment Survives in New Tax Bill

Johnson gathering

Many court evangelicals believed that Donald Trump’s executive order eliminated the so-called Johnson Amendment.  It did not.

Richard Rubin is reporting that the Johnson Amendment remains part of the U.S. tax code.  Here is a taste of his report at The Wall Street Journal:

Sen. Ron Wyden (D., Ore.) says the chamber’s parliamentarian has blocked a proposal to let churches and charities engage in partisan politics, keeping it out of the final tax bill set to be unveiled Friday.

The repeal of the Johnson Amendment was in the House tax bill but not in the Senate’s version, and it was a priority for President Donald Trump during the 2016 campaign.

Read the rest here.

This should be interesting.  As we have noted multiple times here at The Way of Improvement Leads Home, the Johnson Amendment is one of the centerpieces of Trump’s appeal to conservative evangelical voters.  Will the court evangelicals turn on the President?  I doubt it.

Here is Christianity Today’s reporting on this.