On May 4, President Trump signed an executive order aimed at weakening the Johnson Amendment, a provision of federal tax code that prohibits tax-exempt organizations, including houses of worship, from endorsing or opposing political candidates. Now, Congress is considering repealing this law.
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 members of Congress 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 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 further efforts to repeal or weaken the Johnson Amendment.