On February 12, 2015, SaveTheWest.com founder and president Ken Abramowitz wrote the following letter to the Wall St. Journal, to comment on a recent WSJ editorial about how to fix the “Johnson Amendment.” (This is the portion of the IRS code that prohibits 501(c)3 tax-exempt religious organizations from lobbying politicians or government officials, engaging in campaign activity to benefit a political party, or supporting or opposing political candidates; details at the Daily Caller).
The WSJ has not published Ken’s letter, so we are publishing it here.
Letters To The Editor
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The “How To Fix the Johnson Amendment” article (2/10) explained why the time has arrived to repeal this “1954 provision of the tax code that allows the IRS to police the speech of churches and other non-profits.”
Although the Johnson Amendment is dated from the past, it remains a good idea for the future. Religious institutions should remain faithful to their religious tax-deductible mandate and not become political entities, which are inherently non-tax deductible.
Maintaining this division will apply to all religious institutions equally.
This will prove to be increasingly important as Muslim Brotherhood-affiliated groups take over many mosques, and divert their religious focus into political activity.
New York, New York