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Faith Politics

THIS Change Would Unleash the First Amendment on Elections!

Written by Joe Scudder

U.S. elections would dramatically change if these organizations would get to exercise First Amendment rights.

Changing this law would equalize the way the First Amendment is exercised.

The law is the Johnson Amendment, which empowers the IRS to remove the tax-exempt status of churches that openly advocate for political candidates. And we all know from experience that the IRS enforces all its regulations with perfect impartiality.

Right. Sure they do.

The Johnson Amendment means that churches are almost entirely free to advocate for Democrats but conservative churches are under constant threat. And Congress might soon change that.

The Blaze reports: “House Republicans propose big change to tax code for churches — could transform future elections.

If church leaders are able to openly advocate for political candidates, it could have a substantial impact on the future of U.S. elections. Although many pastors already discuss politics in their churches, many are too concerned about their church losing its tax-exempt status to promote political causes.

“Some churches, including my own, have been very concerned about appearing political in any way shape or form,” Rep. Pat Tiberi (R-Ohio) told the Associated Press.

Tiberi also said the law has not been enforced evenly.

“Churches I went to that were primarily in Democrat areas, that I would go to because I had a Democrat district, the local candidates on the Sunday mornings before the election would be introduced, would speak from the pulpit about the campaign and why the congregation should vote for them,” Tiberi said.

Read the complete story at the Blaze.

The views expressed in this opinion article are solely those of their author and are not necessarily either shared or endorsed by EagleRising.com


About the author

Joe Scudder

Joe Scudder is the "nom de plume" (or "nom de guerre") of a fifty-ish-year-old writer and stroke survivor. He lives in St Louis with his wife and still-at-home children. He has been a freelance writer and occasional political activist since the early nineties. He describes his politics as Tolkienesque.

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