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US Senate strikes Johnson Amendment repeal from spending bill

US Senate strikes Johnson Amendment repeal from spending bill

The Senate has stripped language from a House spending bill that would have stopped the Internal Revenue Service from revoking the tax-exempt status of non-profit organizations that engage in campaigning for political candidates.

 
 

Why Congress dropped the Johnson Amendment repeal from tax reform

Why Congress dropped the Johnson Amendment repeal from tax reform

As part of the final push to enact tax reform before the end of the year, a proposed tax code change that would permit churches and other non-profit organizations to engage in partisan political campaigning has been dropped from the House and Senate reconciliation version of 2017 tax bill. Although the House version of the bill had included a repeal of the controversial Johnson Amendment, the Senate version kept it intact. Proponents of the repeal have argued for the right of pastors to speak freely about candidates from the pulpit, and opponents claim it would provide a "dark money" tax-exempt way to launder otherwise non-tax deductible campaign donations.

 
 

Johnson Amendment remains in Senate version of tax bill

Johnson Amendment remains in Senate version of tax bill

Early Saturday morning, the U.S. Senate passed its version of a major tax bill. Although there are a number of indirect ramifications for religious institutions, the Senate bill keeps the Johnson Amendment intact. 

 
 

4,000+ faith leaders ask Congress to keep Johnson Amendment

4,000+ faith leaders ask Congress to keep Johnson Amendment

Over 4,000 faith leaders from all 50 states have signed onto a letter asking Congress to keep the Johnson Amendment as part of the tax code to protect houses of worship and other tax-exempt organizations "from being pressured by politicans for endorsements."

 
 

Trump order essentially affirms Johnson Amendment

Trump order essentially affirms Johnson Amendment

Last Thursday, President Donald Trump marked the National Day of Prayer with an executive order that at most expressed the administration's desire that the Department of the Treasury should not unnecessarily threaten the tax-exempt status of religious non-profit organizations if they engage in political activity. Despite stating during the campaign that he would "destroy" the Johnson Amendment, the administration ultimately made a benign gesture affirming existing law while describing its parameters and limits.

 
 

Op-Ed: How Abolishing the Johnson Amendment Would Harm Religious Liberty

Op-Ed: How Abolishing the Johnson Amendment Would Harm Religious Liberty

By Gregory W. Hamilton – Repealing the Johnson Amendment is not about "free speech." It is about giving politicians tax-deductible donations and endorsements in return for power.

 
 

Local churches urged to create policies on electioneering with Johnson Amendment under threat

Local churches urged to create policies on electioneering with Johnson Amendment under threat

If the Johnson Amendment disappears, local pastors will have to figure out how to address parishioners who want the church to promote their candidate.

 
 

November Election a "Referendum on Your Religion" Trump warns Evangelical leaders

November Election a "Referendum on Your Religion" Trump warns Evangelical leaders

The President’s threat that the November election will be a “referendum on your religion” is troubling because it assumes that the success of Christianity is dependent on the result of a political vote. The fact that some very influential Christian leaders are buying into this argument is even more disturbing.

 
 

The Top 5 Religious Liberty Stories of 2017

The Top 5 Religious Liberty Stories of 2017

A brief outline of America's top religious liberty issues in 2017.

 
 

US House votes to defund IRS investigations of church political endorsements

US House votes to defund IRS investigations of church political endorsements

  esterday, by a margin of 211 to 198, the U.S. House of Representatives quietly voted to defund IRS investigations of church political endorsements as part of a massive spending bill. On the bottom of page 21 of the text of the 2018 Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Bill, the drafters included the following language: SEC. 116. None of the funds […]