- To examine the Johnson Amendment’s effect on churches’ and other non-profit organizations’ freedom of speech.
- The Johnson Amendment prohibits churches and charitable organizations from engaging in any political campaign activity – violators risk losing their tax exempt status or facing penalty excise taxes.
- Because the Amendment is an absolute prohibition, it results in self-censorship and chills church leaders’ political speech even when current issues intersect with the core tenants of their religion.
Family Research Council
Cat Spring, Texas
Alliance Defending Freedom
Former Director and Counsel
Religious Action Center