Stop Congress from Undermining the Johnson Amendment!
ACTION NEEDED !
The House of Representatives is currently debating its tax reform package, which includes language that severely weakens the Johnson Amendment — a provision of the tax code that protects the integrity of tax-exempt organizations, including houses of worship, by ensuring they do not endorse or oppose candidates. We need you to contact your Representative to urge them to strip this dangerous language from the tax reform package right now!
We support keeping the Johnson Amendment because it protects the integrity of houses of worship and our elections. Current law ensures that houses of worship aren’t transformed into political tools by candidates seeking power. That is likely why the vast majority of Americans believe houses of worship should stay out of partisan campaigns.
Trump and some members of Congress falsely claim that current law silences religious leaders. This is untrue—houses of worship, like all tax exempt organizations, can speak out about political issues. Houses of worship just can’t endorse political candidates or parties, and if clergy want to endorse candidates, they can do so in their own individual capacity.
Click Here or the Banner above to Email your Representative today and tell them that you support the current law that prohibits houses of worship, like all tax-exempt organizations, from endorsing and opposing candidates.
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If you are unfamiliar with this important issue, please educate yourself. Want to know more about who represents you in Congress and on the state level assembly? See the links below.
More about the Johnson Amendment:
- Wikipedia Entry
- Several recent Americans United articles on the Johnson Amendment
- Easy single-page breakdown of the Johnson Amendment and why it should be protected
- USA Today coverage on the high costs of repealing the Johnson Amendment
- NPR: 5 Questions and Answers
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