With so much happening in the universe of politics in the United States, it’s easy for big stories to go unnoticed. While the general public seems to be more concerned about what the President is or not doing, the nation’s long history of the separation of church and state is more at risk than ever. Republicans are working tirelessly to revoke the 1954 Johnson Amendment. If they succeed with their plans, organizations such as churches, universities, and charities risk losing their tax-exempt status by participating in political campaigns.
Contrary to what many Americans were made to believe for many years, the Johnson Amendment doesn’t completely restrict the groups mentioned above from taking part in the nation’s politics. They are permitted to choose sides and even hold an event to support a candidate of their choice. Churches have always enjoyed certain privileges for being non-partisan, but the amendment signed into law by President Eisenhower is currently at risk.
The amendment was designed to protect these groups from being manipulated by covetous political donors. Unfortunately, the conservatives want to change that and give these people more ways to buy Americans’ democracy. If they succeed to repeal this amendment, it means that anyone can now donate money to tax-exempt groups for political reasons. The money donated is considered to be tax-exempt, so the donors can also receive tax deductions.
The Johnson Amendment was proposed and signed into law for good reasons, but in the recent years, it has become a political tool. In light of this, organizations have been formed with intentions of repealing the law. For example, a GOP organization called The Alliance Defending Freedom runs a campaign known as Pulpit Freedom Sounding that seeks to encourage religious leaders to protest and help in the process of repealing the amendment. IRS has audited one of the participating churches, but no one has been fined or charged with anything yet.
About End Citizens United
In 2015, End Citizens United was founded in direct response to the 2010 Citizens United decision. The group is determined to have as many right people elected to public office as possible. They are concerned about the politics of money which has corrupted the system of governance in the US.
Currently, more than 100 organizations have joined hands with ECU in the fight against the repeal of the Johnson Amendment. They have huge support in various social media networks including Facebook and Twitter. ECU understands that if the Republicans are left to have their way, it’s going to be hard to get America out of this problem. Visit:http://endcitizensunited.org/about/