Trump Vows To ‘Destroy’ The Law That Bands Churches From Endorsing Candidates

Currently, there is a legal separation of Church and State within America. Although religion (Christianity) and American culture are intertwined, there are still laws set in place keeping the United States a secular government. However, recently in the news, Trump wants to repeal one of the amendments made in 1954, which bans organizations (including charities and churches) fromĀ engaging in political activity, pertaining to campaigns. Not surprisingly, 60% of Republican believe that churches should be able to express political views, according to a 2014 Pew Research Center Poll. As we learned in class, conservative religion is on the rise in America compared to liberal religion, as many who are more liberal in their ideals tend to identity as “spiritual” or unaffiliated now. The religious right, a conservative Christian organization would benefit greatly from repealing this amendment, advancing anti-abortion and anti-LGBTQ agendas. Allowing the conservative religious voice to be heard in elections and campaigns would greatly favor Trump and the republican party.