This situation is a reminder of why the Johnson Amendment is so important. It’s designed in part to prevent what happened here – someone inappropriately using a nonprofit as a vehicle to help a candidate get elected.
In Masterpiece, the Supreme Court based its decision on one of the core principles of religious freedom: The government cannot act based on hostility to religion. There’s no clearer example of this than Trump’s Muslim ban.
Once again, efforts are under way in the U.S. House of Representatives to undermine the Johnson Amendment, which is the provision in the tax code that ensures that all tax-exempt organizations, including houses of worship, do not endorse or oppose candidates. Despite the fact that the Johnson Amendment is popular among faith and nonprofit leaders because it protects the integrity and independence of our houses of worship and charitable nonprofit organizations, some – including President Donald Trump – continue to try to repeal and weaken it.
Americans United is excited to welcome our team of 2018 summer interns! These passionate students hail from across the U.S. and are eager to contribute to upholding the constitutional principle of church-state separation. Today they’re sharing why they chose to spend their summer gaining firsthand experience in church-state separation advocacy.
Tomorrow, the House Appropriations Committee will be debating the Financial Services and General Government (FSGG) Appropriations bill, which includes a section with language aimed to weaken the Johnson Amendment, a law that protects the integrity of houses of worship and nonprofits by ensuring they do not endorse or oppose political candidates.
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