Church-State Separation Advocates Cheer Spending Bill Win

Church-State Separation Advocates Cheer Spending Bill Win

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“Those who depend on houses of worship and community nonprofits can breathe a sigh of relief, as concerted efforts to weaken the long-standing law that keeps the 501(c)(3) sector free from partisan campaigning were rebuked yet again,” said Amanda Tyler of the Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty, referring to the final agreement released March 21 and prior unsuccessful efforts to repeal or modify the Johnson Amendment.

Tim Delaney of the National Council of Nonprofits, though glad the law emerged unscathed, said its supporters should remain vigilant.

“It would be nice to celebrate a long and hard-fought victory, but we cannot afford to relax,” Delaney said. The zeal of Johnson Amendment foes, he said, “suggests they likely will continue their push to hijack charitable goodwill for their own political ambitions while rewarding their supporters with charitable tax deductions for partisan donations.”

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