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Repealing the Johnson Amendment Would Harm Religious Freedom

Without the Johnson Amendment, politicians would seek religious endorsements and tax-deductible offering money from megachurches. In return, churches would have unprecedented political power. (Photo: Creative Commons)

ast week at the annual National Prayer Breakfast, the newly inaugurated President of the United States repeated his campaign vow to repeal the Johnson Amendment, the 1954 provision in the U.S. tax code that prohibits all 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations from endorsing political candidates. What is the Johnson Amendment? The Johnson Amendment was an IRS tax reform bill that was successfully passed ... Read More »

Federal bill introduced to prohibit religion-based denial of immigration

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On May 12, Rep. Donald Beyer (D-Va) and 103 co-sponsors introduced legislation that would prohibit immigration authorities from refusing to admit aliens based on religion or lack of religion. The “Freedom of Religion Act of 2016” (H.R. 5207) was introduced in response to presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump’s campaign proposal in December 2015 calling for “a total and complete shutdown ... Read More »

Hobby Lobby Case: How Will the Court Decide?

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On March 25, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby Stores (transcript and audio). According to a number of pundits, the Court is expected to split with four justices on each side and the deciding vote is predicted to fall to Anthony Kennedy. Perfectly projecting the Court’s decision is not much easier than predicting a ... Read More »

Can Latino Evangelicals Save the Republican Party?

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Republicans don’t like to boast about it in public, but one of the reasons they aren’t necessarily sweating the historic increase in Latino voters in politically pivotal states in future national elections is their faith in God… Read More »

Arabs Need a U.S.-Like First Amendment

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At a time when religion is clearly the biggest obstacle to progress in the Arab world, it would be great to have a First Amendment-like clause in all Arab constitutions… Read More »

Tunisia’s New Constitution Could Be Regional Model

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Tunisia’s slow transition from dictatorship to democracy reaches an end with a final debate on the new constitution, the first in the Arab world to avoid mentioning… Read More »

Hobby Lobby Likely to Succeed Against Obama Abortion-Pill-Coverage Mandate

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Had the 10th Circuit and Western Oklahoma District Courts not concluded that Hobby Lobby (and its sister company Mardel) had met the usually exceedingly high standard of… Read More »

Breaking News: 34% of Your Fellow Citizens Want a Theocracy

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It’s been just over a year since the American public observed — many of us with morbid fascination and increasing alarm — the Republican primary debates… Read More »

Statue of Rosa Parks Is Unveiled at the Capitol

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More than half a century after Rosa Parks helped kindle the civil rights movement by refusing to give up her seat … Read More »

Postal Service Will End Saturday Delivery by August.

US Postal Service Posts 3.5 Billion Dollar Quarterly Loss

 The financially struggling U.S. Postal Service announced Wednesday that it plans to stop delivering mail on Saturdays starting the week of… Read More »