Woe to those who enact evil statutes And to those who constantly record unjust decisions,
ALBANY, N.Y. — The Democratic governor of New York has signed a bill that codifies into state law already-existing federal rules prohibiting churches and nonprofit organizations from endorsing or opposing political candidates.
Senate Bill 4347 states that “any corporation, association, trust, or community chest, fund, foundation, or limited liability company, organized and operated exclusively for religious, charitable, scientific, testing for public safety, literary or educational purposes” may not “participate in, or intervene in (including the publishing or distributing of statements), any political campaign on behalf of or in opposition to any candidate for public office.”
The legislation is meant to mirror the Johnson Amendment, passed in 1954 and introduced by then-Senator Lyndon Johnson. Groups such as Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) have desired the repeal of the federal amendment as they believe that it gags churches […]