Thursday was a rough day in politics. In the morning the House Republicans voted to repeal and replace ObamaCare, and it passed. Thus, screwing millions of Americans out of health insurance.
Then, the afternoon might have been even worse. According to Reuters, Trump signed an executive order that would make it easy for churches and other tax-exempt organizations to contribute to campaigns and political activity, which is just a recipe for disaster and a direct slap in the face to Thomas Jefferson who demanded separation of church and state. And for good reason.
Luckily for us, the People are already fighting back.
In fact, the ACLU and the Freedom From Religion Foundation have just filed lawsuits against the Trump administration over the order.
The ACLU is arguing that the order is in violation of the constitution and the Continutional prohibition against government favoritism over a religion.
Andrew Seidel, the Freedom From Religion Foundation’s attorney, said, ‘The government is not allowed to favor one particular religion over another or favor religion over non-religion. That’s a violation of the Equal Protection Clause and the Establishment Clause… This will turn every church into a political action committee. They won’t have to file any paperwork with the IRS at all. It’ll be dark money into U.S. politics the likes of which have never been seen before.’
In the past, churches risked losing their tax-expemt status if they were caught participating in political activity. Not anymore.
‘We would be the injured party. The way [the EO] appears to be written, churches and religious groups don’t have to follow the rule and secular groups do. We are harmed by not being able to participate in political speech on the same playing field and risk losing our tax exempt status if we do.’
— ACLU National (@ACLU) May 4, 2017
The ACLU’s Executive Director Anthony Romero said, “The actions taken today are a broadside to our country’s long-standing commitment to the separation of church and state. We will see Trump in court, again.”
Are you glad the ACLU is taking action?