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That didn’t take long. Congress is only in its first month, but religious right government officials are wasting no time in trying to tear down the wall of separation between church and state.
Earlier this month, Rep. Walter Jones introduced a bill, H.R. 153, which would “restore the Free Speech and First Amendment rights of churches and exempt organizations by repealing the 1954 Johnson Amendment.” The Johnson Amendment being referred to is a piece of legislation that prohibits churches from endorsing or opposing political candidates.
If pastors are given the right to endorse candidates from the pulpit, their parishioners may be coerced into supporting specific candidates because of a perceived religious obligation. This is fundamentally un-American, and weakens the state of our democracy by giving religious leaders untold influence.
Church and state are separate for a reason, and attempts to de-secularize our government must be opposed by humanists just like you. Won’t you take a moment to make your humanist voice heard by contacting your Representative?
We have a long congressional session ahead of us, but the American Humanist Association is dedicated to helping local humanists leave their mark on public policy. Thank you for defending the separation of church and state.
The Humanists of the Palouse to host annual Darwin Day event.
This Darwin Day can be the best one yet with your help.
A California school district agrees to respect the right of students to opt out of the Pledge.
The American Humanist Association announces a new award to fight religious fundamentalism.
The American Humanist Association is pleased to announce the recent election of July Simpson to its board.
The American Humanist Association is pleased to announce the recent election of Christine Shellska to its board.
The American Humanist Association strongly condemns these horrific acts of violence.
The Appignani Humanist Legal Center files a lawsuit challenging Baxter County for endorsing Christianity.
The Appignani Humanist Legal Center defends the rights of elementary school students.