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.
No one knows what will be in the House Republicans’ tax-reform package proposal, but we will find out on Wednesday when they introduce their bill. Americans United’s main concern is that it might include language that will strip the Johnson Amendment from the tax code.
Congress is poised to start working on tax reform this November, and its effort may include legislation that weakens or repeals the Johnson Amendment, a federal law that protects the integrity of tax-exempt organizations and houses of worship by ensuring they do not endorse or oppose political candidates.
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.
In an Aug. 22 court filing, the Department of Justice admitted that President Donald Trump’s May 4 “religious liberty” executive order didn’t really change the law relating to partisan political activity by houses of worship.
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.
Imagine if the local community shelter you support sent you a newsletter telling you who to vote for in an upcoming election. It would be divisive and threaten the organization’s very mission.
Twenty-five years ago today, Sept. 22, 1992, the governing body of Americans United voted to hire a fellow named Barry W. Lynn to be the new executive director of Americans United.
A lawyer and United Church of Christ minister, Barry hit the ground running. One of the things he did best was irritate the Religious Right groups that hate church-state separation – a proud legacy he continues to this day. Leaders of these groups were flummoxed. How is it that a Christian minister had emerged as their most articulate opponent?