What Can You Do to Protect the Johnson Amendment?

The American tax code grants houses of worship and other nonprofits special tax-free status specifically because they work for the common good. The Johnson Amendment, which has been in the tax code for more than 60 years, protects the integrity of these tax-exempt organizations by ensuring they do not endorse or oppose political candidates.

 

1. Learn more about the Johnson Amendment and the ongoing attempt to weaken it by making it nearly impossible for the Internal Revenue Service to enforce it.

2. Contact your members of Congress and discourage them from weakening it.

3. Join a delegation in visiting the local office(s) of your representative(s). The Central Savannah River Area Chapter of Americans United for Separation of Church and State is attempting to meet with staffers at the local offices of the representatives of GA-12 (Rick Allen, Augusta), GA-10 (Jody Hice, Thomson), SC-2 (Joe Wilson, Aiken) and GA-2 (Sanford Bishop, Macon). If you would consider being part of a delegation, call or text Ayman Fadel at (706) 284-3002.

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Establishment Clause Book Club, 2015-6

From August 2015 to June 2016, Augustans met and discussed the following books at the Establishment Clause Book Club. We enjoyed them so much, we’ve chosen another 6 books for August 2016 through June 2017. Read the ones below, and join us to discuss more books in the future!

One Nation Under God: How Corporate America Invented Christian America by Kevin M. Kruse

The New Religious Intolerance: Overcoming the Politics of Fear in an Anxious Age by Martha C. Nussbaum

Christian Nation by Frederic C. Rich

Why the Religious Right Is Wrong About Separation of Church and State by Robert Boston

Bad Faith: When Religious Belief Undermines Modern Medicine by Paul Offit

The Right vs. the Right to Die: Lessons from the Terri Schiavo Case and How to Stop It from Happening Again by Jon Eisenberg

Establishment Clause Book Club, 2016-7

From August 2016 to June 2017, Augustans met and discussed the following books at the Establishment Clause Book Club. We’ve chosen another 6 books for August 2017 through June 2018. Read the ones below, and join us to discuss more books in the future!

Aug 3    God and Government: Twenty-Five Years of Fighting for Equality, Secularism, and Freedom of Conscience by Barry Lynn

Oct 5      The Holy Vote: The Politics of Faith in America by Ray Suarez

Dec 7    Strange Gods: A Secular History Of Conversion by Susan Jacoby

Feb 1     God’s Politics: Why the Right Gets it Wrong and the Left Doesn’t Get It by Jim Willis

Apr 12   The Devil in Dover: An Insider’s Story of Dogma V. Darwin in Small-town America by Lauri Lebo

Jun 7  Faith Ed: Teaching about Religion in an Age of Intolerance by Linda K. Wertheimer

Learn about Matthew LaClair, a New Jersey public high school student who did not want to be proselytized at school

On Sunday, February 19, at 3 pm, at the Augusta-Richmond County Headquarters Library, Meeting Room A, we are screening the hour-long documentary “In God We Teach.” 

Neil deGrasse Tyson: “A clean and honest bit of documentary work. Rare in these times. Congratulations.” 

“In God We Teach” tells the story of a high school student who secretly recorded his history teacher in class, and accused him of proselytizing for Jesus. The teacher, in danger of losing his job strenuously denied it. The specifics of the controversy lead directly to the church & state arguments that are in the news. With Stephen Colbert, Alan Dershowitz, Neil deGrasse Tyson and others.

General body meeting of CSRA Chapter of Americans United for Separation of Church and State follows.

The film and meeting are free, open to the public and wheelchair-accessible.