The Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) wants the IRS to look into a church in San Antonio, Texas, where speakers and attendees at the “ReAwaken America” gathering screamed “Let’s go, Brandon,” claiming it was a violation of the Johnson Amendment. “No church has a right to a tax exemption. They must respect the regulations,” says FFRF co-president Annie Laurie Gaylor. Clay Clark planned the event in question as part of a ReAwaken America tour that included Trump Versus luminaries like General Mike Flynn, Mike Lindell, and others.
According to the Bible, the local church’s goal is to proclaim the Word and worship God. No matter how religiously couched, a political rally does not fall within the church’s jurisdiction. Jesus refused to pursue political authority, declaring that his kingdom “is not of this world.” He did, however, advise his followers to pay their taxes and respect the rulers.
The left is enraged by his proposals for a theocracy, which is absurd because Flynn lacks the authority and influence to bring about such a change. Yes, the spread of Christianity would be a fantastic thing for the United States. However, the concept of a national religion is ludicrous and should be opposed by all Christians.
The Johnson Amendment, according to the organization, is violated by the mayor’s use of the words “Let’s Go, Brandon.” It is against the law for religious leaders to make political statements in official organization publications or official activities.
President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Johnson Amendment into law in 1954, prohibiting the Treasury Department from taking “adverse action” against any individual, house of worship, or any religious group. The imposition of a tax penalty, the rejection or delay of tax-exempt status, or the disallowance of deductions for contributions given to entities exempt from taxes under section 501(c)(3) of chapter 26, United States Code are examples of such actions.
The FFRF has campaigned for the Johnson Amendment to be repealed, claiming that it infringes on free speech and religious freedoms guaranteed by the Constitution. According to the group’s co-president, the amendment is ludicrous on its face, and the next Congress should rescind it immediately. “Can we now say goodbye to the notion that churches and Christians are good?” Dan Barker, a co-president, inquires.
According to 2016 research, religious institutions add $1.2 trillion to society’s economic worth. Religion contributes to health, education, social cohesion, social services, media, food, business, and the business itself through purpose-driven institutional and economic contributions. Perhaps most importantly, religion empowers Americans to do good by mobilizing millions of volunteers from roughly 345,000 different congregations.