A Voice Vote Silenced All Voices – Let’s Restore First Amendment Freedoms

3 May 2014

“If freedom of speech is taken away, then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter.” - General George Washington
“If freedom of speech is taken away, then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter.” – General George Washington

Johnson Amendment of 3 July 1954

Historically the Democrat Party has been the party of social liberals, while at the other end of the political spectrum, the Republican Party has generally been the party of personal responsibility and free enterprise.

The 1950’s were the era of anti-communism that, while wholly valid, became radicalized in and of itself through the person of Sen. Eugene McCarthy whose senate hearings attacked Hollywood elites along with anyone McCarthy imagined to be soft on communism. Were Hollywood elites sympathetic to communist causes? No doubt about it. Vestigial communist/socialist sentiments remain the principle viewpoint of many professional actors, actresses, producers and directors today. But, McCarthyism was so extreme that it actually aided and abetted communism in America.

1948 Campaign Poster (click on image for larger size)
1948 Campaign Poster
(click on image for larger size)

McCarthyism naturally brought the political spotlight onto the Democrat Party, due to its socialist bent.

LBJ 1954 Campaign Photo (click on image for larger size)
LBJ 1954 Campaign Photo
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Senator Lyndon B. Johnson sought to limit attacks on his party from tax-exempt anti-communist political action committees (PAC’s). He proposed an amendment to the 501 section of the tax code to strip those PAC’s of tax exempt status. The amendment passed on voice vote with no opposition.

Unintended Consequences

Senator Johnson only intended to limit opposition from the McCarthyites, not to shut down First Amendment Free Speech rights of organized churches. Nonetheless, since 1954 churches have gone silent on political campaigns for fear of losing their tax-exempt status.

Limiting Freedom of Speech Was Never A Good Thing

For Senator Lyndon B. Johnson and his party, limiting First Amendment Freedom of Speech worked well Democrats, but what about Americans, in general?

Limiting any of the First Amendment five freedoms jeopardizes freedom for ALL Americans.

Summary

Let’s demand a repeal of the Johnson Amendment to section 501 of the U.S. Tax Code.

Church leaders were at the forefront of our American Revolution against the tyranny of King George. Those brave pastors and preachers were known as The Black Robed Regiment.

Not since the days of our colonial revolution have we needed to hear from our church leaders as we need to hear from them today.

“But a Constitution of Government once changed from Freedom, can never be restored. Liberty, once lost, is lost forever.” – John Adams

References

  1.  The History of The Johnson Amendment of 1954 And House Resolution 235

  2. Organizational Test – Internal Revenue Code Section 501(c)(3)

  3. First Amendment Text – U. S. Government Archives

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

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One thought on “A Voice Vote Silenced All Voices – Let’s Restore First Amendment Freedoms

  1. What is interesting is that, notwithstanding his sometimes Ted Cruz like tantrums, history is showing McCarthy was correct on many of his accusations about how communism had infiltrated even the highest levels of government.

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