Don't Let the Senate Repeal the Johnson Amendment!

CFI just learned that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell may sneak a repeal of the Johnson Amendment in the Senate's tax reform legislation. The vote on passage of this legislation may occur as soon as tonight. Let your Senators know that this last-minute attack on the separation of church and state is unacceptable.

As you know, the Johnson Amendment is a law that bans churches and other nonprofit organizations, such as the Center for Inquiry, from endorsing candidates for office. Nonprofit organizations accept this tradeoff in return for exemption from tax obligations.

If the Johnson Amendment is repealed, houses of religious worship will become tax-subsidized promotional vehicles for the religious right. Even churches that wish to stay out of politics will be placed under enormous pressure to promote the preferred candidates of their donors. We cannot allow the religious right to smash down the wall of separation between church and state by inserting a backdoor provision into major tax reform legislation.

CFI urges you to contact your Senators and tell them to oppose any provision, whether from Majority Leader Mitch McConnell or another senator, that would allow churches to endorse electoral candidates from the pulpit. To ensure that your senators hear you before the tax reform vote, we encourage you to call their offices in Washington, D.C. right now. All your need to do is call (202) 224-3121 with your zip code to be connected to your elected officials. If you are unable to call, please use our action alert system to send your senators a written message. 

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Dear [Decision Maker],

As the Senate considers tax reform legislation, I urge you to oppose any provision that would repeal or weaken the Johnson Amendment. For decades, the Johnson Amendment has protected the separation of church and state. Any attempt to undermine this law is an attack on the secular foundation of our Republic.




As a secular American, I am proud to support the Johnson Amendment and the constitutional separation of church and state. Tax reform cannot include any provision that would allow tax-exempt houses of worship to directly influence electoral campaigns.

Thank you.

Sincerely,
[Your Name]
[Your Address]
[City, State ZIP]

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