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Johnson Amendment

The proposed tax plan drafted by the GOP in the House of Representatives contains a provision that would repeal the so-called “Johnson Amendment,” the Baptist Joint Committee says. […] Read More

It’s frustrating to see a Baptist leader push so hard to bring the corrupting influence of partisan politics into our churches. And it’s even more frustrating that he does so with false claims. […] Read More

As long as they’re willing to give up their tax-exempt status, U.S. churches can endorse candidates or play politics from the pulpit. For the danger of politics and religion mixing, look at China. […] Read More

Both as a place to foster community in the midst of difference and as a prophetic voice speaking truth to power, the church has been – and continues to be – a noble institution in public life. But these roots are threatened by efforts to change tax laws governing nonprofits and religious groups. For this […] Read More

The tax bill passed by the U.S. House of Representatives would roll back the 1954 law prohibiting partisan political involvement by nonprofit organizations, including churches. The Senate version that passed over the weekend does not directly address the so-called Johnson Amendment, something the congressional conference committee will address during the reconciliation process. This effort to […] Read More

There’s been a lot of talk recently about the role of the church in the public square, particularly with respect to the Johnson Amendment. This legislation prohibits churches (as 501(c)(3) organizations) from publicly endorsing or specifically campaigning against candidates for public office. A recent executive order instructed the IRS to overlook the Johnson Amendment when […] Read More