No Johnson Amendment Repeal in GOP Tax Bill

December 15, 2017

Today, Congress’ final tax reform bill is revealed to the public. We’re pleased to let you know that the bill does not contain language to attack the Johnson Amendment. Churches will continue to be banned from endorsing candidates for office. There won’t be any new tax deductions for contributing to a theocratic super PAC. 

CFI supporters like you helped to make a positive change. The separation of church and state is a pillar of our constitutional democracy, and your advocacy helped protect our system of government from the influence of religion.

This doesn’t mean that our fight is over. As we speak, the religious right searches for a new legislative vehicle through which to implement their theocratic agenda. We need to stay vigilant and prepare to speak out again. And with your support, CFI will be right there in the halls of Congress, working with our allies to keep the U.S. free and secular.  

Once again, thank you for making your voice heard. When we act together, we hold our elected government accountable to the ever-rising percentage of secularists, nonbelievers, and skeptics in American society.

Jason Lemieux
Director of Government Affairs
Center for Inquiry

P.S. From now until December 31, Louis Appignani is matching every donation to CFI up to a quarter million dollars. There’s never been a better time to be a part of our movement for science and reason. Make your matched donation today and double your impact.

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The Center for Inquiry (CFI) is a nonprofit educational, advocacy, and research organization headquartered in Amherst, New York, with executive offices in Washington, D.C. It is also home to the Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason & Science, the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry, and the Council for Secular Humanism. The Center for Inquiry strives to foster a secular society based on reason, science, freedom of inquiry, and humanist values. Visit CFI on the web at