WASHINGTON -- Today, national advocacy groups including the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), Americans United for Separation of Church and State, Center for American Progress (CAP), the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), Lambda Legal, the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, the L
7/ Pence’s claim that houses of worship have somehow lost their freedom of speech is offensive and is designed to scare clergy. The Johnson Amendment protects houses of worship from getting caught up in partisan politics.— Americans United (@americansunited) December 7, 2019
6/ For starters, the Johnson Amendment is a federal law so it can’t be overturned by an executive order. In fact, the courts forced the Trump admin to admit that the law is still in effect. Trump's order was empty rhetoric. Shocking, we know 🙄— Americans United (@americansunited) December 6, 2019
5/ Second, Pence claimed that he & President Trump ended enforcement of the Johnson Amendment, so that clergy and houses of worship still had their freedom of speech… in this case, political speech. That’s wrong, too.— Americans United (@americansunited) December 6, 2019
4/ 2. The cross is on government property and taxpayers were forced to foot the bill for repairs of a religious symbol. Doesn’t sound like church-state separation to us.— Americans United (@americansunited) December 6, 2019
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