Army of lawyers give free advice to far-right, politicized pastors

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Raw Story

When conservative white evangelical preachers denounce ex-Pres. Donald Trump’s law-abiding, Christian political opponents as Satanic baby traffickers, they are violating a Constitutional Amendment designed to ensure the separation of Church and state. Signed into law in 1954 by Pres. Dwight Eisenhower, the bipartisan Johnson Amendment forbids tax-exempt churches, religious schools, and 501c3 nonprofit charities from endorsing or opposing political candidates or raising money for political campaigns. If a ministry violates the amendment, the IRS is supposed to revoke its tax-exempt status and r…

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