The Legal Implications of the Johnson Amendment

By Erik W. Stanley Posted on: | October 31, 2016

In 1954, the U.S. Congress amended (without debate or analysis) Internal Revenue Code Section 501(c)(3) to restrict the speech of nonprofit, tax-exempt entities, including churches. Before the amendment passed, there were no restrictions on churches speaking about politics and voting, with the exception of a 1934 law preventing non-profits from using a substantial part of their resources to lobby for legislation.

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