Catherine Rampell, Washington Post - Much-dreaded “sharia law,” or something resembling it, may well be coming to the United States. Just not in the form many Americans expected.
That is, the religiously motivated laws creeping into public policymaking aren’t based on the Koran, and they aren’t coming from mythical hard-line Islamists in, say, Dearborn, Mich. They’re coming from the White House, which wants to make it easier for hard-line Christians to impose their beliefs and practices on the rest of us.
A few days after declaring his intention to impose a religious test upon refugees so that Christians would be given priority, President Trump gave a bizarre speech at the National Prayer Breakfast. In between a plug for “The Apprentice” and boasts about his disastrous calls with heads of allied states, he made some less-noticed policy news.
He vowed to help blur the line between church and state by repealing the Johnson Amendment. which prohibits some tax-exempt organizations like churches from supporting political candidates.
It dates to 1954, when it was signed by Republican President Dwight D. Eisenhower. It was not terribly controversial at the time....