ATLANTA (February 13, 2018) | Sen. Marty Harbin (R – Tyrone) recently introduced Senate Resolution 752, urging the United States Congress to repeal the Johnson Amendment which prohibits churches from engaging in political activism.
“In this day and age, we constantly hear stories of citizens feeling like their rights to free speech have been violated,” said Sen. Harbin. “Politicians, leaders and the media speak up on these issues, reminding us all that we have a right to free speech. The Johnson Amendment is a clear violation of this right to churches and I hope that this resolution will call on Congress to take action in repealing this amendment.”
The Johnson Amendment was introduced by Lyndon B. Johnson in 1954 and prohibits non-profit organizations from participating in political activism. In 2017, President Donald Trump signed an executive order to ease the burden of the Johnson Amendment on religious organizations, however no legislative action has been taken on the matter. Sen. Harbin and members of the Senate hope that this resolution will call on Congress to take action in repealing this amendment.
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For Immediate Release:
February 13, 2018
Annie Wimbush, Communications Associate