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.
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