3 May 2014
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.
McCarthyism naturally brought the political spotlight onto the Democrat Party, due to its socialist bent.
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.
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.
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
- 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.