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Donald Trump Seeks To Convert Churches Into Political Campaign Tools, Force Christianity On Everyone Else

This week, Donald Trump held a closed-door meeting with hundreds of Christian priests and preachers. No non-Christian religious leaders were admitted. Atheist leaders weren’t even considered.

No journalists were allowed inside. However, some participants created audio recordings of the event, which they shared with reporters. So, we know quite a bit about what took place at the meeting. The entire event was heavily scripted. Only four hundredths of one percent of the questions that the Christian leaders submitted to Donald Trump were selected by his campaign as worthy of reply.

What emerged from the meeting was a ringing endorsement of Christian theocracy in America.

Trump said to the group that, if he wins the election, he will force the Federal Elections Commission to change its rules, so that churches can enter directly enter the political process, accepting unlimited secret donations from foreign sources, and then using that money to help political candidates get elected. Under Trump’s plan, churches could become little more than political machines, and keep their tax-exempt status. Alternately, political action committees could re-incorporate themselves as churches in order to launder shadow money into the political process. Neither politics nor religion would be elevated as a result.

Yet, Donald Trump’s declared goal wasn’t to use the power of the federal government benefit religion in general, though even that would be an unconstitutional violation of the First Amendment. Trump explained to the group of Christian leaders that the fundamental problem facing America is that Christianity in particular is becoming “weaker, weaker, weaker”. Trump’s goal is to promote his own career by convincing the nation’s most powerful Christians that he will be a champion for their religion above all others.

Trump declared that he would support the conversion of public schools into Christian religious institutions, with officially-organized Christian prayers as part of the school day. Trump also told the group of preachers that, if he is elected President of the United States, he will use the power of the Executive Branch of the federal government to ensure that employees at stores greet customers with the phrase “Merry Christmas” and not with the phrase “Happy Holidays”.

Consider what the President of the United States would have to do in order to force private businesses to compel their employees to use only Christian-approved greetings, and you’ll see just how broadly Donald Trump plans to impose theocracy upon the United States of America.

Those Americans who understand that the USA has never been a Christian nation, and that the Constitution was purposefully drafted to prevent a religious takeover of the government, realize that what Donald Trump proposed at his Christian power summit this week is nothing short of a revolutionary overthrow of democracy as we know it. For a person with Donald Trump’s erratic, violent temper to lead such a drastic revolution merits special concern.

8 thoughts on “Donald Trump Seeks To Convert Churches Into Political Campaign Tools, Force Christianity On Everyone Else”

  1. ella says:

    Yada, Yada, Yada. Merry Christmas and I’ll say a prayer for you. Was that really so painful? 🙂

  2. Nathaniel says:

    “accepting unlimited secret donations from foreign sources, and then using that money to help political candidates get elected”

    There’s a difference between allowing a pastor to endorse a candidate, and using churches as a funnel for lobbyists. The 501c3 tax rule stifles freedom of speech, and takes the ability to promote Christian ideals in politics away from any church that takes the government’s hush money.

    1. J Clifford says:

      Well, Nathaniel, there’s the thing: 501c3 actually DOESN’T stifle freedom of speech.

      Churches are free to act as political organizations, and can endorse political candidates if they want to, using church money to support political candidates, transforming themselves from religious institutions into political machines.

      There is absolutely NOTHING stopping churches from doing that.

      The 501c3 tax rule only does this: It gives a certain set of churches the gift of an extra financial privilege of being exempt from paying taxes. That set of churches is defined as those churches that aren’t operating as political machines for political parties or for individual politicians.

      If a church doesn’t want this privilege, it can opt out. If these churches want to start acting as de facto PACs, they can do it. They have free speech.

      Think, Nathaniel. WHY is this tax exempt privilege given only to churches that stay out of political campaigning for specific candidates? It’s because, tax-exempt churches can accept unlimited secret donations from ANYWHERE, and spend it however they choose. They have the structural capacity to be used as money-laundering operations, contributing to massive schemes of corruption.

      The situation is made even worse with the infamous White House Office of Faith Based Initiatives, which under George W. Bush began allocating federal government resources to churches that had defied the 501c3 rule and campaigned for George W. Bush.

      Do you want to go to a corrupt church like that, Nathaniel? Bribery is not free speech.

      If churches want to become political tools, rather than religious organizations, they should have to document where their money comes from, and who it’s really going to.

      1. Nathaniel says:

        You should actually read the law before you parrot ignorance promoted by baffoons like John Oliver.

        “Sec. 501. Exemption from tax on corporations, certain trusts, etc.
        (c) List of exempt organizations —
        (3) Corporations, and any community chest, fund, or foundation, organized and operated exclusively for religious, charitable, scientific, testing for public safety, literary, or educational purposes, or to foster national or international amateur sports competition (but only if no part of its activities involve the provision of athletic facilities or equipment), or for the prevention of cruelty to children or animals, no part of the net earnings of which inures to the benefit of any private shareholder or individual, no substantial part of the activities of which is carrying on propaganda, or otherwise attempting, to influence legislation, (except as otherwise provided in subsection (h)), and which does not participate in, or intervene in (including the publishing or distributing of statements), any political campaign on behalf of (or in opposition to) any candidate for public office.”

        The only churches that get away with breaking this law are the ones that promote liberal agendas. Try speaking against Hillary from a 501c3 pulpit and see how fast you get in trouble. I’m totally against corruption and money laundering in any form whether you’re the Clinton Foundation or a church, but this law goes much further than that.

        1. J Clifford says:

          That’s historically untrue, Nathaniel. A range of churches campaigned in favor of George W. Bush and other Republicans, and then got federal money through the White House Office of Faith Based Initiatives.

          1. Nathaniel says:

            How do you draw the connection from pastors being allowed to publicly endorse a candidate and George Bush’s Faith Based Initiatives? They are completely unrelated.

  3. Name says:

    eliminate all 501(c) deductions for donations. spend your money as you prefer without expecting indiscriminate subsidy.

    1. Nathaniel says:

      There are some churches that do that, but most aren’t savvy enough to break the mold.

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