President Trump has promised to repeal and “totally destroy” the Johnson Amendment, a provision of federal tax code that prohibits tax-exempt organizations, including houses of worship, from endorsing or opposing political candidates.
We support keeping the Johnson Amendment because it protects the integrity of houses of worship and our elections. Current law ensures that houses of worship aren’t transformed into political action committees (PACs) that funnel money into elections. That is likely why the vast majority of Americans believe houses of worship should stay out of partisan campaigns.
Trump and other opponents of the Johnson Amendment falsely claim that current law silences religious leaders. This is untrue—houses of worship, like all tax exempt organizations, can speak out about political issues. Houses of worship just can’t endorse political candidates or parties and if clergy want to endorse candidates, they can do so in their own individual capacity.
Email the President and your Members of Congress today and tell them that you support the current law that prohibits houses of worship, like all tax-exempt organizations, from endorsing and opposing candidates. Urge them to oppose any efforts to repeal or weaken the Johnson Amendment.