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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.

Changing The Johnson Amendment Could Shift Billions Of Dollars From Political Campaigns To Churches That Endorse Candidates

Yesterday, the House Ways and Means Committee began preliminary discussion over the new tax bill, which includes language that severely weakens the Johnson Amendment, a provision of the tax code that protects the integrity of tax-exempt organizations, including houses of worship, by ensuring they do not endorse or oppose candidates.

The tax bill, if passed as is, would allow churches – but not other tax-exempt organizations – to endorse political candidates if the endorsement happens during “religious services and gatherings.”

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:

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