Over the past year and a half the United States of America has seen its institutions at the federal level attacked by the reckless leadership of President Donald Trump. Donald Trump’s most recent target has been the Johnson Amendment which was established by two great political leaders back in 1954, Lyndon B Johnson and Dwight Eisenhower. The Johnson Amendment was a bipartisan effort to continue separating matters of religion from matters of the state. Since 1954 the amendment has been one of the cornerstones of our country, giving religious services a tax-exempt status in exchange for their parting from political partisanship. Now, Trump is setting his sights on attacking the amendment and groups like End Citizens United are being relied upon to fight back.
End Citizens United has been trying to make their name a reality for several years now. The name End Citizens United is based off of the 2010 Supreme Court case revolving around the propaganda arm of the GOP, Citizens United. Citizens United inexplicably and successfully argued before the Supreme Court in order to allow more dark money and lobbyists in to the government. These lobbyists, billionaires and millionaires alike, have fundamentally broken the United States government. The Johnson Amendment is actually a law that helps to keep at least a portion of these same lobbyists at bay by keeping religious services from funneling money into Washington D.C. By attacking the Johnson Amendment, Trump is continuing the conservative tradition of handing over the country to the billionaires and millionaires in the elite class. End Citizens United has obviously taken umbridge with this angle and has been dedicated to fighting against it with all that they have.
Donald Trump first set his sights on dismantling the Johnson Amendment back in May of 2017 when he signed an executive order urging the IRS to avoid prosecuting churches who broke the law. This EO is not legally binding and as such the IRS is under no obligation to comply. However, the mere signing of the executive order by Donald Trump shows a fundamental lack of understanding of the words ‘law and order’. The Johnson Amendment enjoyed bipartisan support for decades until far right groups began to systematically attack and dismantle it. In fact,nearly 34% of respondents to a Pew Research Center poll in 2017 said that they wanted to include religion in their politics. However, these respondents likely don’t realize just how dramatic of an impact this lobbying would have on the highest tiers of the United States government.
End Citizens United opposes repealing the Johnson Amendment for the simple reason that it gives away even more power to those with the most money. End Citizens United believes in fighting for the little people and has thus initiated a grassroots campaign aimed at raising awareness about the situation. Learn more:https://www.crunchbase.com/organization/end-citizens-united