By Sarah Henry
Donald Trump’s administration has repeated a pattern of disregard for true religious liberty in the name of Christian nationalistic religious freedom, carrying out the wishes of the religious right as they endeavor to provide special rights for American Christians. This has proved itself true once again, as the acting solicitor general recently stepped into the American Humanist Association’s ongoing Supreme Court case against the publicly funded Bladensburg cross.
Up until this latest action, attacks on religious liberty for all have included numerous attempts to repeal the Johnson Amendment, a specific focus on Christianity during the most recent National Prayer Breakfast, and Jeff Sessions’ worrying Religious Liberty Task Force.
The Johnson Amendment is supported by a diverse range of interfaith and secular groups. This critical piece of legislation protects the integrity of tax-exempt institutions, including houses of worship, by ensuring that they do not endorse or oppose political candidates. Gutting the Johnson Amendment opens up non-profit institutions to the lure of dark money and political endeavors, rather than projects that truly serve the mission of the organization.
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