Rep. Michele Bachmann: “Repeal the Johnson Amendment”


Americans United for Separation of Church and State, a radical leftist organization bent on intimidating pastors and churches into silence is making noise about a recent radio appearance by Rep. Michele Bachmann.  Rep. Bachmann came right out and said what most pastors believe when she stated that Congress should repeal the Johnson Amendment.

Here is what she said, as reported by the Minnesota Independent, that has AU so worked up:

“The reason why clergy are afraid to be involved is because of an amendment that former President Lyndon Johnson passed when he was a senator from Texas… that stops 501(3)c [sic] organizations from saying anything political from the pulpit. Now, churches can be political from the pulpit. They can talk about issues all they want. What they can’t do is endorse a candidate from the pulpit. But the ACLU has been all over the backs of churches… Christian and Jews and people of faith are not second class citizens… but these radical leftist organizations have been intimidating Christians for so long and pastors don’t generally now that they do have the right to speak out from the pulpit. Congress should repeal that amendment from Lyndon Johnson… We need to repeal that and give Christians back their first amendment rights to free speech in the church.”

I say a hearty “Amen” to Rep. Bachmann’s comments!  The Johnson Amendment has been used for far too long as a tool of intimidation and coercion against churches and pastors.  That is why ADF launched the Pulpit Initiative – to allow pastors to speak freely from their pulpits without fear of intimidation and censorship from the government, or anyone else for that matter.

Click here to sign up for the Pulpit Initiative.  Stand with ADF and hundreds of other pastors across the nation to regain the right of pastors to speak freely.


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One Response to “Rep. Michele Bachmann: “Repeal the Johnson Amendment””

  1. Andy Says:

    As a free speech advocate, I believe that it is time to all drop speech restrictions on whatever any church wants to say about any political issue or any candidate. If a church leader wants to condemn members of the congregation to eternal agony and damnation for supporting the wrong political position or candidate that is just fine. It is also time to eliminate non-profit status for all organizations, regardless of their social mission. As we all know, the national debt is way out of control and that will not change any time soon. The U.S. treasury desperately needs revenue. On top of that, some non-profit organizations and churches advocate for political and social positions that are profoundly offensive to me. Given that, I do not want to support or subsidize their anti-American agendas with one penny of my taxes. In other words, if churches or anyone else wants to play politics, then pay just like the rest of us. That is only fair and reasonable, isn’t it? Of course it is. It is Tea Party time!

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