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Letter: Politics in church

Rev. Ann Fontaine re Johnson Amendment

Published on November 17, 2017 12:01AM

The Johnson Amendment — named for Lyndon Johnson, when he was a senator — prohibits all 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations, including churches from endorsing, opposing or fundraising for political candidates. It does not prohibit churches from talking about the issues of an election, or politics in general.

There is currently a movement in Congress to repeal this amendment by those churches that want to endorse or oppose candidates or fundraise for candidates. Under the guise of “religious freedom” this action will allow churches and nonprofits to funnel money, which is given to them with a tax deduction for donors, to candidates of their choice.

Churches and clergy still have freedom of speech, just not to fundraise or advocate for or against candidates. The Episcopal Church opposes this repeal, along with almost 100 other denominations. This repeal is in the tax plan now. Write your senators and representative.

Rev. Ann Fontaine

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