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Univ. Of Md. Poll Shows Broad Public Support For Johnson Amendment

A new survey yet again demonstrates the vast public support for the Johnson Amendment, a provision in federal law that protects the integrity of our elections and of tax-exempt organizations, including houses of worship, by ensuring that nonprofits don’t endorse or oppose political candidates.

The Program for Public Consultation (PPC) at the University of Maryland’s School of Public Policy in November released the findings of its survey that show the majority of respondents support the Johnson Amendment.

Johnson Amendment Repeal Not Included In Congress’ Tax Bill

Senate Democrats were able to block a provision in Congress’ tax overhaul bill that would have gutted the Johnson Amendment, which pro­tects the integrity of elections and of tax-exempt organizations, including houses of worship, by ensuring that nonprofits don’t endorse or oppose political candidates.

The House version of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act included language, inserted by House Ways and Means Committee Chairman U.S. Rep. Kevin Brady (R-Texas), that would have essentially repealed the Johnson Amendment.

Leave The Johnson Amendment Alone!

Editor’s Note: Attempts by Con­gress to repeal or modify the Johnson Amendment – the provision in federal law that bars houses of worship and other non-profit entities from intervening in politics by endorsing or opposing candidates – are being met with growing resistance. Here are some editorials and columns criticizing the idea.


Politicized Churches And Dark Money

Here Are The Top Ten Church-State Stories From 2017

There’s no denying that 2017 was a tough year for advocates of religious freedom and church-state separation. Yet despite the barrage of assaults from the Donald Trump-Mike Pence administration, Americans United saw important victories in and out of court.

As we look ahead to 2018, here’s a list of what are, in our opinion, the top 10 church-state stories from 2017:

Attempt To Undermine Johnson Amendment Removed From Tax Bill

Americans United Calls On Congress To Cease Attacks On Provision That Protects Integrity Of Houses Of Worship

Senate Democrats last night announced that they removed a provision from the tax bill that would have essentially repealed the Johnson Amendment.

The Johnson Amendment, a 63-year-old provision in federal law that protects the integrity of elections and tax-exempt nonprofits – including houses of worship – has been the focus of attacks by President Donald J. Trump, who once vowed to “totally destroy” it. 

Americans United Legislative Director Maggie Garrett released the following statement:

Americans United Denounces House Tax Bill That Undermines The Johnson Amendment And Public Schools

Legislation Turns Nonprofits, Including Houses Of Worship, Into Tax-Exempt Partisan Campaign Organizations; Expands School Voucher-Like Program

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.

Americans United Deplores House GOP Leadership’s Ongoing Assault On Johnson Amendment

Latest Change To Tax Bill Only Makes Matters Worse, Group Says

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.

Americans United Disappointed By House Committee Vote To Undermine Johnson Amendment

Church-State Watchdog Calls For Removal Of Provision That Would Lure Houses Of Worship Into Partisan Politics

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.

We’ve Spent The Past Year Fending Off Donald Trump’s Attacks On Religious Freedom

A year ago, when Donald Trump and Mike Pence were elected to the highest offices in the land, Americans United warned of the many threats this administration posed to church-state separation. We promised that if any of those threats came to fruition, we would be ready to fight back and defend religious freedom.

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