The Johnson Amendment has been around for longer than a lot of us have been alive. In 1954, it established that churches and other organizations that claim a tax-exempt status are to stay out of politics. That means Pastor Dan cannot stand behind the pulpit and tell you who to vote for.
According to the IRS website these places
are absolutely prohibited from directly or indirectly participating in, or intervening in, any political campaign on behalf of (or in opposition to) any candidate for elective public office
One fuckface wants to change that. Senate Majority Whip, John Cornyn (R – TX) has asked the IRS and DOJ to review this amendment under a microscope. He wants to make a case that places of worship are having their First Amendment rights unlawfully taken away.
Please know I share the concerns expressed by my constituents that the IRS and other relevant agencies are intruding on the First Amendment rights of churches and other houses of worship across the State of Texas in enforcement of the Johnson Amendment
Let me just point out real quick-like that churches are NOT people and THEY DON’T PAY TAXES!!
Now that that’s out of the way, what is up with these Republicans in Texas – other places, too, but Texas always seems to pop up – wanting to have their churches make America great again by campaigning for their candidates? If you ARE religious, do you really think your god gives two shits about your piddly campaigns? There are more important things (s)he is interested in like ensuring no children go hungry, no one suffers from cancer, everyone has a home, there is no war – wait, scratch that – maybe your god is TOO invested in your politics.
Cornyn has put himself on a slippery slope and it should be fun to sit back and watch him try to get to the summit without falling. If he gets exactly what he wants, the next thing he knows, those awful Mosques may decide to start campaigning, too. Let’s face it, this douchebag is only concerned with CHRISTIAN places of worship promoting their candidates.