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Church Officials Are Intervening In A Colo. County School Board Race

Tomorrow is election day in some parts of the country. Most political analysts are keeping a close eye on Virginia’s gubernatorial race, seeing it as a mini-referendum on the presidency of Donald Trump.

But there are other interesting races as well. One of them is taking place in Douglas County, Colo., where a school board election has attracted national interest.

New Tax Bill Threatens Integrity Of America’s Houses Of Worship

The vast majority of Americans support the Johnson Amendment – the provision in the tax code that ensures tax-exempt organizations, including houses of worship, do not endorse or oppose political candidates. But the leadership of the House of Representatives ignored the American people today when they released a tax-reform package that includes language that exempts houses of worship from the law.

GOP House Tax Bill Seeks To Use Churches As Political Tools, Says Americans United

Vast Majority Of Americans Support Retaining Johnson Amendment, Church-State Watchdog Notes

The leadership of the House of Representatives today released a tax-reform package that includes language greatly weakening the Johnson Amendment – the provision in the tax code that ensures tax-exempt organizations, including houses of worship, do not endorse or oppose political candidates.

Today’s tax-reform proposal would change the law so that churches – but not other nonprofits – could endorse candidates seeking office.

Maggie Garrett, legislative director of Americans United, released this statement in response:

Lawmakers Tell Committee To Protect Johnson Amendment

More than 90 lawmakers are urging their colleagues in Congress to preserve the law relating to partisan political activity by houses of worship and nonprofits

The Oct. 10 letter was sent to the House Ways and Means Committee, which is debating tax reform. It urges members of the committee not to weaken or repeal the Johnson Amend­ment, a more than 60-year-old federal law that protects the integrity of nonprofits, including houses of worship, by ensuring that they don’t endorse or oppose candidates.

Religious Right Legal Group Issues Misleading Poll On The Johnson Amendment

Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) is heralding the results of a new poll it commissioned among Protestant pastors and claiming it proves pastors oppose the Johnson Amendment, which is the provision in the tax code that ensures tax-exempt organizations, including houses of worship, do not endorse political candidates.

The problem for ADF is that the poll doesn’t actually show that at all.

Singing From A Different Hymnal

Yasmine Taeb’s investment in the fight against government-sponsored religious discrimination is personal. She and her family are Iranian-American Muslims, with many family members living in Iran who “are absolutely impacted” by President Donald J. Trump’s executive order barring entry to the United States for citizens of six Muslim-majority countries.

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