'I Want To Give Power Back To The Church' - Donald Trump

- Published: 14 November 2016
'I Want To Give Power Back To The Church' - Donald Trump

The U.S. government has already taken a lot of power from the Church, and Republican President-elect Donald Trump will not take this sitting down.

In an exclusive interview with The Brody File, the controversial business tycoon, who identifies himself as a Christian, said he wants "to give power back to the Church because the Church has to have more power."

"Essentially, they've taken a lot of the power away from the Church... Christianity is really being chopped; little by little it's being taken away," Trump said in his interview.

Trump attributed the Church's loss of power to the 1954 Johnson Amendment, which changed a portion of the U.S. tax code to prohibit tax-exempt groups like churches from endorsing or opposing political candidates.

"I'm a Christian. I'm Protestant. I'm Presbyterian. I think that Christianity frankly, I think Christians in our country are not treated properly. The bill that was passed during the Lyndon Johnson era is horrible because I see churches where they're afraid to be outspoken because they don't want to lose their tax-exempt status and I realise that is one of the problems.

"I want to give power back to the church because the church has to have more power. Christianity is really being chopped; little by little it's being taken away.

"I want pastors to be able to speak. They're afraid to speak now, they're afraid to get involved in politics because of tax-exempt status and I want pastors to be able to speak. ... I want pastors and ministers to be able and get up and speak on behalf of Christianity.

"They're afraid to do it right now because they don't want to lose their tax exempt status. We will take care of that," Trump said.