TST initially shared CoS’s position that all churches should be taxed, starting with Satanic churches. However, several factors caused TST to reassess this idea. In 2017 President Trump announced at a National Prayer Breakfast that he planned to “totally destroy” the Johnson Amendment, which prohibits tax-exempt organizations from endorsing political candidates. On May 4, 2017, Trump attempted to make good on this boast with the “Presidential Executive Order Promoting Free Speech and Religious Liberty,” before the house passed legislation in 2018 making the Johnson Amendment procedurally more difficult to enforce. TST spokesperson Lucien Greaves described the need to be on the same footing as his theocratic opponents in what he called “a frighteningly asymmetrical battle.”

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