Republicans Want to Dismantle the Law Keeping the Church out of Politics

Republicans Want to Kill the Law Keeping the Church out of Politics

Republicans in the House and Senate introduced legislation to dismantle the law that keeps churches and religious organizations out of politics.

The Hill writes:

The law known as the Johnson Amendment, first enacted in 1954, prohibits churches and other religious organizations from keeping their tax-exempt status if they endorse political candidates or participate in partisan political activities.

The bill introduced Thursday by Rep. Jody Hice (R-Ga.), who is a Southern Baptist pastor, and House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) would let the organizations remain tax-exempt and express political views as long as they are made during regular activities. Any associated spending would have to be minimal.

Republicans claim that the Johnson Amendment censors churches and keeps them from expressing their opinions, but that’s clearly not the case. Individual church members can get involved in political activities.

And churches already can (and do) preach on social and political issues. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints has long led a crusade against same-sex marriage, for instance, and the Catholic Church has led many efforts to ban abortion and contraception.

 

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