A document from the Federal Elections Commission (FEC) indicates that Donald Trump took steps last week to outmaneuver nonprofit organizations, leaving them unable to officially campaign against him over the next few years of his Presidency.
Filed on January 20th, 2017, the letter states that, while not an official announcement for reelection, Donald Trump has filed an FEC Form 2 in order to “ensure compliance with the Federal Election Campaign Act.” This is an unprecedented, although legal, move for the President to make. Barack Obama did not file for his 2012 re-election bid until April 2011. Having filed (even if not formally announcing a bid) as a candidate, Trump would be able to coordinate with PACs and other similar organizations.
More importantly, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations would no longer be able to engage in “political speech” which could theoretically affect the results of the 2020 U.S. Presidential Election without running the risk of losing their nonprofit status. The move effectively bars interest groups from creating nonprofits which they could funnel money into for the purposes of opposing Trump’s initiatives. This will likely create chaos for political opponents of Trump such as George Soros, who has sunk significant amounts of money into various nonprofit groups with the intent of opposing Trump’s government. How 501(c)(3) organizations will comply with the FEC’s regulations when participating an actions which qualify as political speech remains to be seen.
How would this effect churches
Interesting question, Baxter.
Considering that while President Trump was on the campaign trail, one of his many promises was to repeal the Johnson amendment and give freedom back to the pulpits of America's churches.
If he indeed does repeal it, then I cannot see this decision affecting churches in a negative way. I believe it is primarily aimed at the special interest groups and PACs which fund political organizations (ie George Soros and the likes.)
It will be interesting to see the fall-out legally with churches if the Johnson amendment is not overturned. Many in the church were great supporters of Mr. Trump in his bid to become President. If he were to turn his back on them now, I don't think he would need to consider running for re-election. For what it's worth, I think his legal team has more than likely already thought this through and we'll see the Johnson deal brought up in the not too distant future.
Great question though - you beat me to it. :)
Churches aren"t supposed to preach politics from the pulpit, although that's exactly what Obama's church did (Rev. Wright). But also we have a different DoJ and IRS who won't be pushing for ministers sermons and whatnot. The big reason why the Obama administration went after churches was because they preached AGAINST liberal policies and social engineering experiments, so Democrats came down on them to silence them.We have a God-friendly administration so I see this going nowhere fast.
Jeanne You are bringing up the supposed "separation of church and state", which is no where in our founding documents. This is a lie from the left designed to shut Christians up, just like the attacks from the left on Christian beliefs and actions held or done by small business owners. Our founders promoted God in all areas of life, right on down to sermons being published in the newspapers and funding Bibles to put in the schools to teach kids by. The A, B, and C's were taught through Christian nursery rhymes.
The most important structures of our government came from the Bible, it was the most referenced book (over 33%) by the founders. They considered the Law of Nature and Nature's God in the D of I to be an oath to God, which is also why the documents include oaths, which they considered to be to God, not to man.
The success of this lie/deception is exactly what has helped bring about the delusion that all religions are equal, if someone can't speak about Jesus, then why not believe they are all equal? How would anyone know? It has also brought about complete ignorance of our Christian founding, because Pastor's don't teach it, so how would people know? Pastor's don't even teach a true Biblical world view. They won't and they don't. It has also brought about the "victim" sympathy for Syrians, instead of a correct understanding of what islam/muslims really believe and what they read in their books and writings.
The founders believed, and acted, upon the wisdom that comes from Absolute Truth. His.
Jea9, the restriction on churches engaging in partisan political speech, which I believe they should do based on biblical truths, stems from the Faustian Bargain with the Infernal Retribution Sackers (IRS).
The 501(c)3 tax exemption is simply a contract where for the right of churches and other such organizations not to pay the state a fee they agree to curtailment of their 1st Amendment rights. Personally I believe churches should forego the 501(c)3 status and speak loudly and openly about politicians and public policies from a biblical worldview.
As for "a wall of separation between church and state," it was written by Jefferson in defending a Baptist church from the state which had a state religion. The view was that the state had no right to EITHER establish a religion or to prohibit it. It's a one-way street. As with all the other Amendments in the Bill of Rights, the 1st Amendment limits the government, not individual citizens. Thus, people of faith individually and collectively have a GOD-given right to influence the state for good UNLESS they make an ill advised commitment not to for monetary considerations.
As you wrote, "The founders believed, and acted, upon the wisdom that comes from Absolute Truth. His."
Roberto—I believe we are under maybe many spirits of deception that have led America to believe untruths. If the D of I is the foundation of our rights as it states, under God, then these rights are then specified by the Constitution, then the truth of the D of I lies in the Law of Nature and Nature's God. If that is the foundation, then all laws must subordinate to the LONANG in the D of I, or they are illegal. Since the Bible is the source for both vertical and horizontal jurisdictions of law, then this applies also to city, district and state, as well as federal.
This also means, proven by non-law, is the Roe v Wade decision by SCOTUS.
There is no Roe law.
There is also no Obergefell law. And as a matter of fact, there IS DOMA, still the law of the land, except for that itty bitty factoid that man cannot define that which God created, so even that is illegal.
A true understanding that law is law and non law is non law, means that there is no right to homosexual marriage, and there is no right to abortion.
And there is no ability of the Infernal Retribution Sackers to sack/hack churches, christians, etc.
This is the land I live in, ha. Just say it ain't so and it ain't.
So, btw, when IS America just going to collectively say to SCOTUS, "You DON'T write law!" ?
In my opinion churches should preach politics more often from the pulpit. We need to hear support for politicians that abide by Christian principals.
America has never seen anything like this before...it is amazing to witness the rise of America
Very good far sighted move!
Enforcement may be a problem if Trump doesn't clean out the IRS agents ... He must have his people review the non-profit status of leftist organizations... revoking their status on the first offense. If he leaves it up to those now running the IRS 501-C3 program nothing will happen.
The current IRS is more insidious than that, they will shut down all conservative organizations, but leave the liberals untouched.
This is why it's imperative Trump's team overhaul Obama's IRS...