Ben Carson Has Big Ideas About How Trump Could Unlock the Church's Prophetic Voice
The Johnson Amendment allows the government to determine when a pastor's speech becomes too "political." That is an absurdly ridiculous standard. A pastor's speech from the pulpit that talks about candidates from a scriptural point of view is religious speech. That speech doesn't become political any more than a pastor's speech becomes commercial when he gives a Scripture-based assessment of the current financial debacle on Wall Street. Allowing government agents to make that determination is as absurd as asking a first-grader to design and build NASA's next space shuttle.
The Johnson Amendment also allows the government to parse the content of a pastor's sermon to determine whether it violates the law. That is called a content-based restriction on speech, which the (First) Amendment's free-speech clause prohibits unless the government has a compelling reason for censorship.