Dec 01, 2017
Today, an amendment was included in the “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act” that would provide tax incentives to parents who educate their children in private religious schools by enabling them to receive a tax deduction on the cost of tuition.
The National Coalition for Public Education, a group co-chaired by Americans United for Separation of Church and State, issued the following statement:
Nov 22, 2017
Americans United for Separation of Church and State, joined by 13 religious and civil-rights organizations, today urged a federal appeals court to support religious freedom by affirming that a towering cross erected in the City of Pensacola’s Bayview Park is unconstitutional because it is a clear example of government endorsing religion.
Nov 16, 2017
Americans United for Separation of Church and State today criticized the U.S. House of Representatives for passing H.R. 1, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which would essentially repeal the Johnson Amendment. This 63-year-old provision in federal law protects the integrity of our elections and tax-exempt nonprofits, including houses of worship, by ensuring the organizations don’t endorse or oppose candidates for public office.
The tax bill also includes a provision that would transform 529 college savings plans into a voucher-like program, giving tax breaks for K-12 private school tuition. This would redirect vital tax dollars that could fund our public schools to private schools instead.
Nov 09, 2017
Americans United for Separation of Church and State today criticized Republicans in the House of Representatives for their continuing efforts to undermine the Johnson Amendment, a provision in federal law that prohibits tax-exempt nonprofit organizations from intervening in elections by endorsing or opposing candidates for public office.
Last week, the GOP leadership unveiled a tax bill that contained a provision that allows houses of worship, but not other nonprofits, to endorse or oppose candidates. Today, a House committee voted to vastly expand that language to include secular nonprofits and foundations as well.
Nov 08, 2017
Americans United for Separation of Church and State today expressed disappointment over a vote by a House committee on a provision in the new tax bill that threatens to draw America’s houses of worship into partisan politics.