By signing an executive order aimed at boosting religious freedom by easing IRS restrictions against political activities by tax-exempt religious organizations, including churches,President Trump marked the National Day of Prayer.
Trump, declaring “no one should be censoring sermons,”announced the order, which fulfilled a campaign pledge, during a Rose Garden ceremony Thursday attended by religious leaders, activists and Vice President Pence.
Before signing the order, Trump said: “We will not allow people of faith to be targeted, bullied or silenced again and we will never stand for religious discrimination,” which states it is now administration policy is “to protect and vigorously promote religious liberty.”
The ban on political speech from the pulpit has its roots in an amendment from 1954, introduced by then- Democratic Sen.
The IRS authority, given by , to to punish tax-exempt charitable organizations, including churches, for making political endorsements or getting involved in political campaigns.