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Religious groups have the right to speak out on political and social issues. Federal law, however, prohibits most tax-exempt bodies, including houses of worship, from intervening in elections by endorsing or opposing candidates for public office. Churches are not political action committees and should not act like them. Religious leaders should abide by the law and refrain from turning their congregations into cogs in a political machine.

Project Fairplay

In 1996, Americans United launched Project Fair Play to educate religious leaders and other Americans about tax exemption and political activity. We send informational letters to clergy, and we file complaints with the IRS when there are egregious violations.

Please visit Project Fair Play to learn more.
 


 

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All the most recent posts from AU's Wall of Separation Blog & The Protect Thy Neighbor Blog

For Focus On The Family, The Focus Remains On Far-Right Politics

Vice President Mike Pence will be in Colorado Springs this Friday speaking at an event to mark the 40th anniversary of Focus on the Family (FOF), the fundamentalist Christian family ministry and Religious Right group founded by Dr. James C. Dobson, a child psychologist.

Controversial Wisc. Sheriff David Clarke Jr. Won’t Be Joining Trump Administration After All

The Trump Administration apparently will include one less person dragging the baggage of legal entanglements and concerning views on religious freedom: Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke Jr. over the weekend announced he won’t join President Donald J. Trump’s Department of Homeland Security after all.

Celebrating 30 Years Of Sound Science In Public Schools

This Monday marks the 30th anniversary of Edwards v. Aguillard, a milestone U.S. Supreme Court decision affirming the separation of church and state in public schools. As we mark the anniversary, it’s a good time to examine the history of the efforts to undermine instruction about evolution in public schools – and understand that the threat remains with us. 

A New Study Underscores The Dangers Of Partisanship In America’s Pulpits

A new study of more than 130,000 American clergy finds that faith leaders tend to be more partisan than the congregations they’re leading.

That finding should give pause to those who seek to weaken or repeal the Johnson Amendment – a provision in the tax code that protects the integrity of our tax-exempt organizations, including houses of worship, by ensuring they do not endorse or oppose political candidates. Changing the law could divide congregations – especially if a pastor endorses a candidate congregants don’t support.

Religious Right Attorney Jay Sekulow Joins Trump Legal Team

You might have noticed that President Donald J. Trump is in a bit of legal trouble.

Trump is lining up a legal defense team. His point man is Marc Kasowitz, a brash attorney who has defended Trump in several lawsuits, including one concerning fraud allegations at Trump University.

But Kasowitz has no experience in constitutional law, so Trump is augmenting his legal team. Among his legal eagles is a name longtime readers of this blog may find familiar: Jay Sekulow.

AU Attorneys Will Defend Religious Freedom In Two Federal Appeals Courts This Week

It will be a busy week for Americans United attorneys as they crisscross the country to stand up for religious freedom before federal appeals courts in two distinct cases.

Today, AU Legal Fellow Andrew Nellis will be in Seattle to tell the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals why it was unconstitutional for a high school football coach in Washington State to pray with students on the football field at the end of football games.

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Most Recent Blog Posts
All the most recent posts from AU's Wall of Separation Blog & The Protect Thy Neighbor Blog

For Focus On The Family, The Focus Remains On Far-Right Politics

Vice President Mike Pence will be in Colorado Springs this Friday speaking at an event to mark the 40th anniversary of Focus on the Family (FOF), the fundamentalist Christian family ministry and Religious Right group founded by Dr. James C. Dobson, a child psychologist.

Controversial Wisc. Sheriff David Clarke Jr. Won’t Be Joining Trump Administration After All

The Trump Administration apparently will include one less person dragging the baggage of legal entanglements and concerning views on religious freedom: Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke Jr. over the weekend announced he won’t join President Donald J. Trump’s Department of Homeland Security after all.

Celebrating 30 Years Of Sound Science In Public Schools

This Monday marks the 30th anniversary of Edwards v. Aguillard, a milestone U.S. Supreme Court decision affirming the separation of church and state in public schools. As we mark the anniversary, it’s a good time to examine the history of the efforts to undermine instruction about evolution in public schools – and understand that the threat remains with us. 

A New Study Underscores The Dangers Of Partisanship In America’s Pulpits

A new study of more than 130,000 American clergy finds that faith leaders tend to be more partisan than the congregations they’re leading.

That finding should give pause to those who seek to weaken or repeal the Johnson Amendment – a provision in the tax code that protects the integrity of our tax-exempt organizations, including houses of worship, by ensuring they do not endorse or oppose political candidates. Changing the law could divide congregations – especially if a pastor endorses a candidate congregants don’t support.

Religious Right Attorney Jay Sekulow Joins Trump Legal Team

You might have noticed that President Donald J. Trump is in a bit of legal trouble.

Trump is lining up a legal defense team. His point man is Marc Kasowitz, a brash attorney who has defended Trump in several lawsuits, including one concerning fraud allegations at Trump University.

But Kasowitz has no experience in constitutional law, so Trump is augmenting his legal team. Among his legal eagles is a name longtime readers of this blog may find familiar: Jay Sekulow.

AU Attorneys Will Defend Religious Freedom In Two Federal Appeals Courts This Week

It will be a busy week for Americans United attorneys as they crisscross the country to stand up for religious freedom before federal appeals courts in two distinct cases.

Today, AU Legal Fellow Andrew Nellis will be in Seattle to tell the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals why it was unconstitutional for a high school football coach in Washington State to pray with students on the football field at the end of football games.

Pages

Most Recent Blog Posts
All the most recent posts from AU's Wall of Separation Blog & The Protect Thy Neighbor Blog

For Focus On The Family, The Focus Remains On Far-Right Politics

Vice President Mike Pence will be in Colorado Springs this Friday speaking at an event to mark the 40th anniversary of Focus on the Family (FOF), the fundamentalist Christian family ministry and Religious Right group founded by Dr. James C. Dobson, a child psychologist.

Controversial Wisc. Sheriff David Clarke Jr. Won’t Be Joining Trump Administration After All

The Trump Administration apparently will include one less person dragging the baggage of legal entanglements and concerning views on religious freedom: Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke Jr. over the weekend announced he won’t join President Donald J. Trump’s Department of Homeland Security after all.

Celebrating 30 Years Of Sound Science In Public Schools

This Monday marks the 30th anniversary of Edwards v. Aguillard, a milestone U.S. Supreme Court decision affirming the separation of church and state in public schools. As we mark the anniversary, it’s a good time to examine the history of the efforts to undermine instruction about evolution in public schools – and understand that the threat remains with us. 

A New Study Underscores The Dangers Of Partisanship In America’s Pulpits

A new study of more than 130,000 American clergy finds that faith leaders tend to be more partisan than the congregations they’re leading.

That finding should give pause to those who seek to weaken or repeal the Johnson Amendment – a provision in the tax code that protects the integrity of our tax-exempt organizations, including houses of worship, by ensuring they do not endorse or oppose political candidates. Changing the law could divide congregations – especially if a pastor endorses a candidate congregants don’t support.

Religious Right Attorney Jay Sekulow Joins Trump Legal Team

You might have noticed that President Donald J. Trump is in a bit of legal trouble.

Trump is lining up a legal defense team. His point man is Marc Kasowitz, a brash attorney who has defended Trump in several lawsuits, including one concerning fraud allegations at Trump University.

But Kasowitz has no experience in constitutional law, so Trump is augmenting his legal team. Among his legal eagles is a name longtime readers of this blog may find familiar: Jay Sekulow.

AU Attorneys Will Defend Religious Freedom In Two Federal Appeals Courts This Week

It will be a busy week for Americans United attorneys as they crisscross the country to stand up for religious freedom before federal appeals courts in two distinct cases.

Today, AU Legal Fellow Andrew Nellis will be in Seattle to tell the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals why it was unconstitutional for a high school football coach in Washington State to pray with students on the football field at the end of football games.

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Church & State
June 2017 Church & State

Out Of Order

Trump’s New ‘Religious Freedom’ Directives Set The Stage For Attacks On Real Liberty, Says Americans United

February 2017 Church & State

Prayers Or Politics?

President Donald Trump Wants To Allow Houses Of Worship To Intervene In Partisan Elections Yet Remain Tax Exempt

January 2017 Church & State

Snake Oil Solution

Why Repealing The Ban On Pulpit Politicking Is A Colossally Bad Idea

December 2016 Church & State

Payback Time

Donald Trump Won the White House With Strong Support From Religious Right Groups. What Will They Get In Return?

November 2016 Church & State

Pulpit Politicking Panned

Americans United Reminds Faith Leaders To Focus On Issues, Not Candidates