Protecting the Johnson Amendment

Religious and nonprofit groups are united against any calls to repeal or change the so-called “Johnson Amendment,” which has become shorthand for a part of the tax law that applies to all 501(c)(3) organizations. The law protects houses of worship and other nonprofit organizations from political pressure and additional dangers that come with endorsing and opposing candidates.

This page has information on how people of faith and the nonprofit community are working to keep the Johnson Amendment, and how you can join them.








Resources on the Johnson Amendment


Podcast: BJC Executive Director Amanda Tyler and Tim Delaney, President and CEO of the National Council of Nonprofits, discuss the Johnson Amendment. Released Feb. 27, 2018.


More than 4,000 faith leaders — clergy and laity from all 50 states — signed a letter to Congress asking to keep the Johnson Amendment. The first version was delivered in August 2017.

Join them by signing the letter at

Hear from them at


Religious and denominational organizations oppose a change in the law and delivered a letter to Congress in April 2017.

Read their letter and learn more:

Contact Jennifer Hawks if your organization wants to join the letter.


More than 5,600 nonprofits have joined together asking to keep the Johnson Amendment.

Read their letter and join them at




Changing the current law is unnecessary, unwise and unwanted.

This 2-sided printable document offers simple points as to why people of faith overwhelmingly want to keep the Johnson Amendment.