We need your help to convince your Representatives to protect the Johnson Amendment and stop any attempt to allow churches to spend secret money in our nation’s elections.

Enter your ZIP code below to find the contact information for your member of Congress. Below that are two scripts to use for your Representative, depending on which party they’re in.

Locate your Representatives

ex: 1600 Pennsylvania Ave, Washington, DC 20500


Call Scripts

Once you’ve found your Representative’s contact information, call their office and use one of the scripts below to urge them to vote against any attempt to weaken the Johnson Amendment. Additional talking points are below.

For Republican Members of Congress

Hello, my name is __________ and I am a constituent of Rep. _____________.

I am calling to ask [Representative’s Name] to oppose the rider attached to the Financial Services Appropriations bill that attacks the Johnson Amendment, a rule that protects churches and other nonprofits from being pressured into making political endorsements and spending money on elections. The vote on the bill is tomorrow.

The Johnson Amendment ensures that all nonprofits and houses of worship play by the same rules. Some people are saying that it silences churches, but that’s just not true. Churches and nonprofits are able to free to speak about political and social issues and many do.

The fact is that the vast majority of churches and religious groups don’t even want to get involved in politics. They don’t want to be pressured to endorse politicians or divide their communities on partisan lines.

I’m urging you to call your colleagues on the Appropriations Committee to remove this rider that threatens to undermine the neutrality of churches and other nonprofits.

Thank you.

For Democratic Members of Congress

Hello, my name is __________ and I am a constituent of Rep. _____________.

I am calling to ask [Representative’s Name] to oppose the rider attached to the Financial Services Appropriations bill that attacks the Johnson Amendment, a rule that protects churches and other nonprofits from being pressured into making political endorsements and spending money on elections. The vote on the bill is tomorrow.

The Johnson Amendment ensures that all nonprofits and houses of worship play by the same rules. Repealing the Johnson Amendment would allow billions of dollars to flow through churches and into our political system with zero transparency and zero accountability. We can’t allow something this controversial and dangerous to sneak through as a rider to an appropriations bill.

Almost three quarters of Americans oppose allowing churches to get involved in politics. Even the vast majority of religious groups oppose this change. Churches and other nonprofits already have the ability to speak out on social and political issues and do so all the time.

I’m urging you to call your colleagues on the Appropriations Committee to remove Section 116 from this bill because it threatens to undermine the foundation of our democracy and open the floodgates to billions of dollars in dark money pouring into our political system

Thank you.


Talking Points

Charities and houses of worship are tax exempt because they are supposed to work for the common good, not to support political candidates.

  • If we repeal or weaken the Johnson Amendment, taxpayers would essentially be forced to subsidize the political campaign activities of churches. Changing the law would also incentivize donations to organizations to support political candidates when the whole purpose of the tax-exemption is to support work that serves the community.
  • The repeal or weakening of current law would dismantle the non-profit structure as we know it and fundamentally change the character of tax-exempt organizations.

Houses of worship already have the right to speak out on social and political issues.

  • Nonprofit organizations, including churches, are already allowed to speak out on issues that matter to them. Examples: Churches can (and do!) take positions on political issues that they view as important; lobby on legislation and endorse or oppose non-partisan ballot questions; host voter registration drives; and publish candidate questionnaires and scorecards.
  • Ministers and nonprofit leaders are free to endorse candidates in their personal capacity or even run for office! What they can’t do is spend non-profit money to do that.

The American people don’t want this change and don’t want churches endorsing candidates.

Section 116 gives even more special treatment to churches.

  • Churches and other houses of worship already don’t have to file IRS Form 990 and be transparent about their finances. This rider would allow them, and not secular non-profit groups, to engage in partisan politics.
  • It’s unfair to give special treatment to one group and not the other, especially when there would be no transparency and no accountability for the money spent by the churches.

Other Information

American Atheists joined a coalition of almost a dozen atheist and secular groups in warning Congress against making this change. You can read our joint letter here.

We also signed on to a letter with more than 100 signatories, including many religious groups, opposing the weakening of the Johnson Amendment. That letter is available here.