Utah Pastors Weigh In On the Johnson Amendment

Utah Pastors Weigh In On the Johnson Amendment

PROVO – After President Trump promised to “destroy” the Johnson Amendment, lobbyists are hitting the ground hard in an effort to get rid of the relatively unknown law.
     The Johnson Amendment is a part of the U.S. tax code which prohibits nonprofits from speaking out in favor of, or against, political candidates. The Deseret News reported that the law is not well known, in part because it is not very well enforced. However, that doesn’t stop lobbyists, and President Trump, from trying to overturn it.
     Local pastor Jim Pye from the Freedom Church in Provo gave a different perspective on whether or not the amendment should be repealed.
      “No! Because I don’t think it’s necessary. Because that’s not what we’re called to do,” Pye said.
     His co-pastor, Matt Gould, agreed.
     “Ultimately, Jesus is our king, and that’s who we need to be pointing people to. And not a particular candidate or party,” Gould said.
     The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints’ statement on political neutrality also supports the Johnson Amendment. In fact, the statement is almost word for word taken from the amendment.
     President Trump has not yet acted on his promise to “destroy” the amendment.
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