Politicians shouldn’t use houses of worship as political tools. For more than six decades, a provision of the tax code known as the Johnson Amendment has protected the integrity of tax-exempt organizations, including houses of worship, by ensuring they do not endorse or oppose political candidates.
The Johnson Amendment protects the freedom of speech of both houses of worship and other community nonprofits. At the same time, it shields them from the pressure to endorse or oppose specific candidates in elections. No one wants our charities and houses of worship to be torn apart by partisan campaign politics.
Americans United has been working for two decades to protect the Johnson Amendment and to keep partisan politics out of houses of worship.