For more than 50 years, a crucial provision, known as the “Johnson Amendment,” has safeguarded the integrity of both religious institutions and the political process through protecting the separation of church and state. Any effort to weaken or repeal the prohibition on partisan politicking undermines synagogue’s independence and the First Amendment principle of religious freedom and must be opposed.
These key church-and-state issues deal with the establishment clause of the First Amendment. Learn more about these issues — and the policies that govern them — from a Reform Jewish perspective.
Learn more about Reform Movement positions relating to the free exercise of religion in the United States, including the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.
Vouchers divert public, taxpayer money to private schools, including parochial schools. Tell Congress that we should continue to separate church and state, and that we should support public schools with public funds.
To learn more, visit the following organizations or resources:
- Transcripts, audio, and streaming video of Rabbi David Saperstein, Director, Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism appearance on PBS's Newshour discussing the government's role in faith-based Initiatives
- People for the American Way
- Americans United for the Separation of Church and State
- American Civil Liberties Union
- Religion and Ethics Supreme Court Transcripts
- Anti-Defamation League