Trump’s proposal to loosen speech for churches will harm nonprofits, say leaders

Trump’s proposal to loosen speech for churches will harm nonprofits, say leaders

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It may seem like the law is narrowly focused on restricting what religious groups can say or do if they want to remain tax-exempt. However, the Johnson Amendment broadly covers all nonprofits. Repealing it would allow not only religious leaders to speak freely about politics, but free up nonprofit groups currently bound by nonpartisanship.

Nonprofits say it could undermine the impact their work.

“Nonpartisanship is vital to the work of charitable nonprofits. It enables organizations to address community challenges, and invites the problem-solving skills of all residents, without the distractions of party labels and the caustic partisanship that is bedeviling our country,” Tim Delaney, head of the National Council of Nonprofits, said in a statement. “Indeed, current law is the reason that charitable nonprofits are safe havens from politics, a place where people can come together to actually solve community problems rather than just posture and remain torn apart.”

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