President Donald Trump had a lot to say this morning at the National Prayer Breakfast, an annual gathering in Washington, D.C., that is sponsored by the evangelical Fellowship Foundation and typically brings together the president, members of Congress and other dignitaries for a series of meetings and meals.
Perhaps most alarming was Trump’s vow to repeal the Johnson Amendment, a federal law that prohibits non-profit organizations, including houses of worship, from endorsing or opposing political candidates.
Allowing pastors to preach politics from the pulpit has become a cause celebre of the Religious Right, and as a result, for Trump as well. He brought it up a lot during the campaign, and this morning hit on it again.
“I will get rid of and totally destroy the Johnson Amendment and allow our representatives of faith to speak freely and without fear of retribution,” Trump vowed this morning. “I will do that. Remember.”