Americans United for Separation of Church and State Tries to Scare Churches
Americans United for Separation of Church and State recently announced that it sent over 60,000 letters to churches across the country, warning them from becoming involved in âpartisan politickingâ during this election season. The letter tries to intimidate churches by ominously warning âIf the IRS determines that your house of worship has engaged in unlawful intervention, it can revoke the institutionâs tax-exempt status or levy significant fines on the house of worship or its leaders.â
Letters like this are a favorite tactic of AU. For years now, it has attempted to intimidate churches into silence during election season. But hereâs the problem. AU is using an unconstitutional law to try and intimidate and scare churches.
The Johnson Amendment, upon which AU bases its letter, is blatantly unconstitutional. Under the First Amendment, the pastor has the right to determine what is said from the...
John Y., the Founding Fathers really disliked state churches, you know the type since you are a member of a church that thinks it should control the state, q.v., The Perils of Popery. Baptists wrote Thomas Jefferson to make sure they were protected from state churches usually the Reformed type in New England, anyway, TJ's Reply to Danbury Baptist Association.
If it is true that the United States is 90% Christian (i'm guessing here) and if you consider 90% of the people representing us are Christian, then how can you seperate the beliefs from 90% of congressmen and senators? My belief in God control my actions everyday! It's impossible to seperate the two!!!