Family Research Council President Tony Perkins released the following statement:
"President Trump's remarks this morning at the National Prayer Breakfast were outstanding -- right on target. The president was very clear that religious freedom needs to flourish because our country's ability to flourish is contingent upon it. I know his speech is a great encouragement for people of faith, both at home and abroad, and especially for those who have faced persecution because of their religious beliefs.
"I commend President Trump for calling for the repeal of the Johnson Amendment, echoing the call that he raised repeatedly on the campaign trail.
"In 2015 alone, we know of 99 different churches singled out by the IRS for violation of the Johnson Amendment. It's time for this IRS intimidation of churches and clergy to come to an end.
"Dr. Martin Luther King -- the greatest 'political pastor' in the nation -- spoke forcefully from the pulpit about how the issues of the day were to be driven by pastors and the people in pews. For the whole of American history, churches have been at the forefront of shaping debate and public policy. That's where they ought to stay. Pastors should be held to accountable to God alone for what they say behind the pulpit, not the IRS.
"I urge Congress to pass the Free Speech Fairness Act and once again allow churches and non-profit organizations the freedom to speak without fear of government punishment," concluded Perkins.
Click here to watch the livestream of yesterday's news conference introducing the Free Speech Fairness Act.
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SOURCE Family Research Council