As you may recall, Members of Congress with the support of the religious right and President Trump tried (and failed) to repeal the Johnson Amendment in 2017. Now with the pivotal midterm elections quickly pproaching, the religious right is determined to destroy the Johnson Amendment so they can maintain their grip on power.
Congress is currently considering an appropriations bill that must pass before the end of the month. Unfortunately, Members of Congress beholden to the religious right are trying to include a provision in the bill that would repeal the Johnson Amendment. Their hope is that the provision will go unnoticed or uncontested in the rush to get this important legislation passed. There’s just one thing they didn't count on – you!
We need you to contact your Members of Congress and urge them to oppose any appropriations bill that weakens the Johnson Amendment. Houses of worship already enjoy the privilege of tax-exempt and, unlike all other nonprofits, are uniquely exempt from financial transparency laws. If they are allowed to engage in partisan politics, it will jeopardize the integrity of our elections and strike a devastating blow to our secular government.
*The Johnson Amendment prohibits all nonprofits, including houses of worship, from meddling in partisan politics while receiving taxpayer subsidized benefits as a nonprofit. Since houses of worship are the only nonprofits that aren’t required to submit detailed financial disclosures to the IRS, repealing or weakening the Johnson Amendment would effectively turn churches into Super PACS. We cannot let this happen.