Help Your Churches and ProLife Groups Speak Freely Under the Law!
February 15, 2021
In a nation where freedom of speech is guaranteed, we shouldn’t need Congress to take up a Free Speech Act, but I applaud the legislators who have recognized that we do.
On Feb. 4, House Republican Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.), Rep. Jody Hice (R-Ga.), and Republican Conference Vice Chairman Mike Johnson (R-La.) announced the reintroduction of the Free Speech Fairness Act, a bill designed to restore First Amendment rights to religious leaders by repealing the Johnson Amendment.
Since 1954, the Johnson Amendment has imposed vague, undefined, and unconstitutional limits on nonprofits and churches in regard to participating in political campaigns.
If passed and enacted into law, the Free Speech Fairness Act would repeal the Johnson Amendment and its chilling effect on free speech, and allow churches and non-profit ministries like Priests for Life to make political statements as long as they are in keeping with our mission.
Priests for Life is one of the organizations that supports this bill, which was first introduced in the 114th Congress. Clergy and religious leaders have for too long let fear of the IRS stifle their freedom – and their duty – to speak about politics from the pulpit.
The Johnson Amendment needs to go, as I detailed in my 2015 book Abolishing Abortion.
President Donald Trump raised this issue in his first campaign, saying clergy should be free to speak their minds. He also took executive action regarding it during his tenure. I’m grateful to all the members of Congress who are continuing this fight for free speech.
“Freedom of speech is what makes America the freest nation in the world,” Rep. Scalise said when he reintroduced the bill. “No one should be restricted from speaking freely about the issues that affect each and every American family simply because of the job they hold or the religious views they share.”
Will you join me in thanking those who have introduced the bill and encourage other House members to support it?
When you click this link, you will get information on how to call your US Representative and what to say on this matter.
Please do this today and please pass along this email to as many others you know who may be willing to stand up for free speech for all.
Thank you for being part of the Priests for Life Family!
Fr. Frank Pavone
National Director, Priests for Life
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