There are many bad things about Donald Trump’s presidency, but one of the worst is that it has thrust people like Pastor Robert Jeffress into the national spotlight.
Jeffress, pastor of First Baptist Church in Dallas, was one of any number of far-right theocrats with a smidgen of regional notoriety at best until he hitched himself to Trump’s campaign. Now, as one of Trump’s inner circle of religious advisers, Jeffress is much loved by the Fox News Channel and appears there regularly.
Congress is poised to start working on tax reform this November, and its effort may include legislation that weakens or repeals the Johnson Amendment, a federal law that protects the integrity of tax-exempt organizations and houses of worship by ensuring they do not endorse or oppose political candidates.
During last week’s Values Voter Summit, I heard speakers like former Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann and researcher/author George Barna lament the shrinking “biblical worldview” of the American electorate.
“We are dropping like a rock in America. America!” Bachmann said. “That’s something that should give us pause.”
Barna, an evangelical Christian who writes a lot about religion in America, said his research indicated only about 10 percent of voters hold a “biblical worldview,” and the percentage of millennials with that viewpoint is even smaller.
Yesterday, I joined my Americans United colleagues in standing shoulder to shoulder with our allies and with the Muslim community to send President Donald J. Trump’s administration a clear message: There should be no Muslim ban, ever.
I’m not sure if you’ve heard the news, but President Donald Trump has declared that the ‘War on Christmas’ is over – and his side won.
The U.S. Supreme Court has scheduled oral arguments for December 5 in Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission – an important case that will have significant implications for religious freedom.
Surely if a temporary ban on immigration by Muslims violates the Constitution, an indefinite ban should too. That’s exactly what Judge Theodore D. Chuang found in IAAB v. Trump, a case brought in federal court in Maryland by Americans United with its allies Muslim Advocates and the law firm Covington & Burling to stop Muslim Ban 3.0. (The National Iranian American Council also consulted in the representation.)
Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) is heralding the results of a new poll it commissioned among Protestant pastors and claiming it proves pastors oppose the Johnson Amendment, which is the provision in the tax code that ensures tax-exempt organizations, including houses of worship, do not endorse political candidates.
The problem for ADF is that the poll doesn’t actually show that at all.