Resources on the Johnson Amendment

The Johnson Amendment is a federal prohibition on partisan politicking from the pulpit has been in place since 1954, located in section 501(c)(3) of the federal tax code. It establishes that tax-exempt entities may not endorse or oppose candidates or parties for elected office. This includes donating to campaigns, endorsements from the pulpit, or using congregational resources such as the temple bulletin to support or oppose individual candidates. 

Religious leaders have an absolute right and obligation to use their pulpit to address the moral and political issues of the day. Current law limits groups from being both tax-exempt ministries and partisan political outfits. This simple and unambiguous provision of federal law has served as a valuable safeguard for the integrity of both religious institutions and the political process.

Here are some resources about the Johnson Amendment: