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Church is for worship, not political sermons

By KENNETH L. LEWIS Princeton

EDITOR:

President Trump's executive order loosening the restrictions on politicizing church services is a very bad idea regardless what some fundamentalist Christians might think. If these individuals are dead set on demanding the repeal of the Johnson Amendment, which is the law that restricts political speech and endorsements of candidates from the pulpit, then they should be willing to forgo their tax-exempt status as well. They can then be like the rest of us who can spout our poitical views from the stump, the street corner or wherever we so choose.

But this comes with a serious caveat. In an article from the Western Recorder, "Congress proposes Johnson Amendment overhaul," by Tom Strode and dated February 21, 2017, Mr. Strode warns, "Some supporters believe pastors and churches, not the federal government, should be the ones to decide what they say from the pulpit regarding elections while also believing pastors and churches should not make endorsements. Announcing support for a political candidate could harm Gospel outreach and church ministry, they say."

It would be a certainty as far as I am concerned as I would not attend a church that gave political sermons endorsing a political candidate, president or ideology even if it were my very own. Church should be a place to worship however you choose without hearing political ads. There are enough of those every day in newspapers and on radio and television.

KENNETH L. LEWIS

Princeton

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