Key Letters Opposing Repeal or Weakening of the JOhnson AMendment:
"As Congress looks toward tax reform and other legislation this year, we hope you will keep in mind the credibility and independence of the charities that serve our communities. As such, we strongly request you not act to undermine that independence or the critical programs these provide."
"As a leader in my religious community, I am strongly opposed to any effort to repeal or weaken current law that protects houses of worship from becoming centers of partisan politics. Changing the law would threaten the integrity and independence of houses of worship. We must not allow our sacred spaces to be transformed into spaces used to endorse or oppose political candidates."
"Nonpartisanship is a cornerstone principle that has strengthened the public’s trust of the charitable community. "
"The charitable sector, particularly houses of worship, should not become another cog in a political machine or another loophole in campaign finance laws."
"For more than 60 years, this rule . . . has helped maintain the integrity and autonomy of our religious and charitable sectors and preserve the boundary separating church and state."
Letters On Specific Legislation
Letters Urging Congress to Strip a Provision in the FSSG Appropriations Bill that Would Weaken the Johnson Amendment. Read about the bill here.
"This provision would make it effectively impossible for the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to enforce a long-standing federal law, sometimes referred to as the Johnson Amendment, insofar as it applies to houses of worship."
"By creating unnecessary hurdles that would slow down and prevent investigations, this provision would essentially cripple enforcement of the Johnson Amendment insofar as it applies to houses of worship."
"This provision compels the Internal Revenue Service to selectively enforce a long-standing federal law
known as the Johnson Amendment, effectively preventing the agency from investigating alleged violations by
houses of worship, while holding all other nonprofits accountable to the law.
"We firmly urge you to oppose including language that would weaken the law that prevents houses of worship from engaging in political endorsements."