Free speech and the pulpit

Free speech and the pulpit

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Yet, many organizations, religious or otherwise, fear what might happen to a political landscape free of the Johnson Amendment. Their concern is that a repeal will attract those aforementioned loophole-seekers. It’s no stretch to imagine dark-money forces looking to create sham churches that are little more than fronts for attracting campaign contributions. At the very least, churches will be pressured to join the fray of partisan politics.

“Newly politicized churches will receive a taxpayer-subsidized payoff of more than a billion dollars each election cycle if a provision tucked in the back of the House GOP tax bill passes,” Tim Delaney, National Council of Nonprofits CEO and president, said recently. “The provision is shameless, even by Washington standards.”

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