Josh Hawley shills for votes by trying to inject politics into the pulpit

By The Kansas City Star Editorial Board

Last month, Republican U.S. Senate candidate Josh Hawley made an intriguing — and politically loaded — proposal to a group of conservative religious leaders in St. Louis.

Hawley, who’s in a neck-and-neck race with Democratic incumbent Claire McCaskill, said he wanted to do away with a long-standing provision in the federal tax code that prohibits religious organizations and pastors from endorsing political candidates.

It’s the same proposal that President Donald Trump supports. In fact, the president vowed last year to “totally destroy” what’s known as the Johnson Amendment, a promise that so far has gone unfulfilled.

Never mind that the most Americans oppose the idea of churches endorsing political candidates — and so do many faith leaders. In fact, the Pew Research Center found that fully two-thirds of Americans are against the notion of churches backing one candidate over another.

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