From Alliance Defending Freedom:
At its core, the Johnson Amendment should deeply offend religious leaders.
The Johnson Amendment, passed in 1954, is a speech restriction in the tax code that prohibits all nonprofits—including churches—from “participating” or “intervening” in elections (though no one, including tax experts, really knows what that means). President Donald Trump has repeatedly pledged to repeal the Johnson Amendment. And now, the House of Representatives has included an amendment to the law in its tax bill that would fix the Johnson Amendment’s unconstitutional speech restrictions.
The bottom line is that the Johnson Amendment infringes on the First Amendment rights of churches and pastors because it allows federal bureaucrats to determine what pastors can and can’t say. Alliance Defending Freedom has long advocated for a fix to the Johnson Amendment because of this.
Last week, Wisconsin Family Action joined over 40 other state and national leaders in sending a letter to the House of Representatives leadership urging them to be sure the tax reform bill repeals the Johnson Amendment especially since the senate version leaves the Johnson amendment intact. Now we wait to see if our collective efforts paid off on this important free speech matter.