Prior to taking the stage at the RNC, Donald Trump’s speech leaked online, and it contained a frightening promise. President Trump would abolish the separation of church and state! Read Trump’s leaked speech after the jump!
Donald Trump‘s full speech transcript leaked online to Politico just hours before he was set to take the stage on the last night of the Republican National Convention, July 21. In Trump’s speech, which was supposed to be given when he accepts the Republican party’s nomination, he listed several promises he would deliver during his presidency. READ TRUMP’S FULL LEAKED SPEECH HERE!
Sure, we expected him to say he’d build a wall, or stop ISIS. But end the separation of church and state? One of the things that makes America, well America? Never saw that coming! Allow Trump himself to explain in his leaked transcript:
“At this moment, I would like to thank the evangelical community who have been so good to me and so supportive. You have so much to contribute to our politics, yet our laws prevent you from speaking your minds from your own pulpits.
An amendment, pushed by Lyndon Johnson, many years ago, threatens religious institutions with a loss of their tax-exempt status if they openly advocate their political views.
I am going to work very hard to repeal that language and protect free speech for all Americans. We can accomplish these great things, and so much else – all we need to do is start believing in ourselves and in our country again. It is time to show the whole world that America Is Back – bigger, and better and stronger than ever before.”
Trump is referring to the Johnson amendment, a US tax code passed in 1954, which prohibited tax-exempt organizations from endorsing or opposing political candidates. In other words, the amendment keeps people from “politicking from the pulpit,” which some, like Trump, see as a violation of free speech. Others see it as a necessary measure to ensure politics and religion don’t mix.
HollywoodLifers, are you shocked that Trump wants to repeal the Johnson amendment? Tell us in the comments!