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Because RELIGION AND PARTISAN POLITICS DOn'T MIX.


And Playing By The Rules Is Important

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Because RELIGION AND PARTISAN POLITICS DOn'T MIX.


And Playing By The Rules Is Important

In 1996, Americans United launched Project Fair Play to educate religious leaders and other Americans about tax exemption and political activity. We send informational letters to clergy, and we file complaints with the IRS when there are egregious violations.

ten election cycles later, we're still at it. 

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WHY WE CARE


And Why You Should, Too...

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WHY WE CARE


And Why You Should, Too...

 

In recent years, a small but aggressive band of political and religious leaders has pushed to politicize America’s houses of worship. These activists want to turn houses of worship into cogs in a political machine that will elect candidates of their choice. In recent years, the drive has reached a fever pitch.

This misguided campaign is deeply divisive in a pluralistic nation; it blurs the legal lines between political organizations and faith groups and it threatens the integrity of religion.

Religious leaders may freely address political and social issues from the pulpit. But they may not use their faith communities’ resources to endorse or oppose candidates, donate funds to candidates’ campaigns, issue endorsements or engage in other activities that have the effect of intervening in an election. 

Federal tax law is clear: Houses of worship and other non-profit groups may not endorse or oppose candidates for public office. This is not the role for faith communities when it comes to engagement in the public realm.

We agree with Faith Leaders from across the theological and political spectrum: Let's Keep Sacred Spaces Sacred. 

But it isn’t just about IRS regulations and federal laws. The majority of Americans – including the devout – oppose the politicization of houses of worship. 

Pulpit politicking threatens to divide faith communities and erode the wall of separation between church and state.

It’s a bad deal all around.

Study the information on this site and learn what you can do to take action.

 
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Get Involved


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Get Involved



Concerned about church politicking in your area? Here are some ways you can take action:


Rev. Barry Lynn leads a Project Fair Play Training for faith leaders in San Antonio, TX

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Our Events


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Our Events


Project Fair Play is all about educating faith leaders on the importance of keeping politics out of our places of worship. We will host trainings around the country as the 2016 election season continues, and we hope you'll join us when we are in your area! See our list of events below:


To set up a training in your area, contact AU's Faith Outreach Specialist Bill Mefford.


  • Friday, July 22 in Indianapolis, IN Rev. Barry Lynn will be speaking at the event, "God and Government" at Indiana Interchurch Center, Krannert Room, 1100 W. 42nd Street #110, Indianapolis, IN 46208 6:30-8:30 pm

  • Tuesday, June 14 in Palm Coast, FL "Keeping Sacred Spaces Sacred" at the African American Cultural Society, 4422 US 1 North at 7 pm

  • Thursday, May 19 in Houston, TX Rev. Barry Lynn will be speaking at a Clergy Breakfast at St. Andrews Episcopal Church, 1819 Heights Blvd., from 9-11 am

  • Tuesday, May 17 in San Antonio, TX Rev. Barry Lynn will be speaking at a clergy luncheon, 3233 N. St. Mary's Street at noon

  • Tuesday, May 10 in Des Moines, IA "Keeping Sacred Spaces Sacred" at First Christian Church, 2500 University Avenue, from 12-1 pm, Bring your own lunch!

  • Thursday, May 5 in Philadelphia, PA "Keeping Sacred Spaces Sacred" at the Free Library, 19th & Vine Streets, Room 405 from 7-8:30 pm