“The House Appropriations Committee and the Johnson Amendment”

Ed Zelinsky:

The best solution is not the kind of procedural band-aid proposed by the Appropriations Committee. Congress should instead modify the Johnson Amendment to protect internal church communications from all IRS scrutiny. With churches’ rights of free expression thus protected from government interference, the Johnson Amendment should, so modified, remain on the books to preclude the use of all tax-exempt institutions (including churches) to divert tax-deductible resources to political campaigns.


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