- 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.
Witnesses and testimonies
|Mr. Tony Perkins||President||Family Research Council||Document|
|Ms. Catherine Engelbrecht||Citizen||Cat Spring, Texas||Document|
|Ms. Christiana Holcomb||Legal Counsel||Alliance Defending Freedom||Document|
|Rabbi David Saperstein||Former Director and Counsel||Religious Action Center||Document|