This is a shocker! 4,000 faith leaders actually signed a petition to keep the Johnson Amendment, which bans churches from participating in elections or any other form of politics. The Johnson Amendment comes from a 1954 ban on electioneering from churches.
The letter reads in part:
“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.”
You would think that churches would be in favor of repeal, but these churches are not. These 4,000 faith leaders come from all 50 states and the District of Colombia.
Rabbi Henry Karp of Iowa said:
“When we throw our endorsements behind particular candidates and parties, we have crossed an important line which carries us beyond serving as the spokespeople for the moral and ethical teachings of our faiths and into the role of partisan political propagandists.”
President Donald Trump claims to be speaking for churches when he talks about repealing the amendment, so it’s important that churches speak out against the repeal.
He has been pushing for the repeal of this amendment since he took office. Rather than eliminating it, we need to start enforcing it further. We have had plenty of religion-based political speech going on lately.
Rev. Franklin Graham said that God intervened in November to “stop the godless, atheistic progressive agenda from taking control of our country.”
We do NOT need to be repealing the Johnson Amendment.
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