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Free Speech Should Be Fair for All

Every election cycle makes one thing abundantly clear: the Johnson Amendment is chilling the speech of churches, tax-exempt organizations, and their leaders. The Johnson Amendment was introduced by Lyndon Johnson in 1954, after he was elected to the Senate despite a tax-exempt organization urging his defeat. This amendment was passed without any debate and was hidden in a larger tax package. The Johnson Amendment prohibits tax-exempt organizations from participating in, or intervening in, any political campaign on behalf of or in opposition to any candidate for public office.

The IRS enforces the Johnson Amendment, but has been inconsistent in its application of the law. It has imposed fines and penalties against exempt organizations only to later refund the fines. The IRS has even neglected to provide guidelines to help tax-exempt organizations better understand when they would run afoul of the Johnson Amendment. Because of the inconsistent approach in enforcing the Johnson Amendment, it has had the unconstitutional effect of chilling speech, particularly the speech of pastors.

That is why one Sunday a year -- Pulpit Freedom Sunday -- pastors across the country preach directly and scripturally about candidates and encourage their church members to exercise their stewardship responsibility to be salt and light in the election process. This year, Pulpit Freedom ... (more)

Pulpit Freedom Sunday 2016

Preach to your congregation on October 2! Let your congregation know about their responsibility to vote in the upcoming presidential election. Encourage your church members to contact Congress to repeal the Johnson amendment, and urge them to pass legislation eliminating the current IRS rules infringing on the free speech rights of churches and non-profit organizations on political matters. Use our resources to equip yourselves and your congregations to be salt and light for this upcoming election.


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Q&A on the Abortion Facility Regulations Decision

by Family Research Council

What does Texas’ H.B. 2 law say? This basic, commonsense law required that 1) abortion facilities be held to the same standard as ambulatory surgical centers and that 2) abortionists must have admitting privileges at a local hospital not further than thirty miles from the abortion facility. These regulations protected women from lax abortion industry safety standards by requiring that abortion centers meet necessary health and safety standards, including the presence of trained staff, corridors that could accommodate stretchers in ... (more)

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Families, Churches, and Crime Prevention

by Mr. J. Kenneth Blackwell

Ken Blackwell is Senior Fellow for Human Rights and Constitutional Governance at Family Research Council. This article appeared in The Heritage Foundation's 2016 Index of Culture and Opportunity. Politicians often argue that the solution to reducing crime is more government programs or building bigger jails. Yet government cannot adequately address the underlying problems of criminal behavior or fill the holes in people’s lives. What families need more than government programs are married fathers and mothers together in the home ... (more)

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We Need to Amend the Johnson Amendment So the IRS Will Allow Free Speech

by Tony Perkins

Tony Perkins is President of Family Research Council. This article appeared in The Daily Signal on September 29, 2016. Millions of Americans will go to the polls Nov. 8 and vote. These Americans are a cross section of society; they are diverse, with many different opinions, political views, areas of interest, and sources of knowledge that inspire their choices. Such a robust civil society is part of what makes our country great. This civil society and the organizations that compose it should be allowed to inform their followers with ... (more)