The topic of church and taxes in is the news this week as Trump plans to dispose of the federal law known as Johnson Amendment that has effectively separated church and state for most of our lives. Let’s be clear this is not about expressing opinions- we all get to do that. This is about money – tax-free money specifically.
Let me diverge from popular thinking and suggest that we should allow churches to participate fully in the political process as long as we also revoke their right to use non-taxed income to do so. It would be a dangerous, harmful, and unprecedented perversion of our income tax laws to proceed otherwise.
Let’s be clear and strong as a nation that it is unacceptable to allow churches to use their nonprofit status to do political battle. Please express your views, especially if you are represented by a Republican in Congress.