Americans should never have to
worry about the Internal Revenue Service coming after them for exercising
their First Amendment rights.
But in May of 2013, the Obama
administration�s IRS admitted to inappropriately targeting and
applying excessive scrutiny to conservative groups applying for tax-exempt
status. I was outraged over the IRS�s blatant overreach and political
Our First Amendment rights to speak freely
and exercise our faith are fundamental to who we are as Americans.
There is a reason that religious freedom is the first freedom listed in
the first sentence of the First Amendment to the Constitution, and it�s
critical that we continue to protect this right. Unfortunately, a
provision that then-Senator Lyndon Johnson placed in the Tax Code in 1954
has meant that churches and other tax-exempt organizations can be
punished by the IRS for speaking out on some of the most important
questions facing our country today.
That�s why I recently became
a cosponsor of the �Free Speech Fairness Act.� This bill would allow
non-profit organizations, including churches, to engage in political
speech as long as it is not a significant part of the organization�s
activities and is done in the course of normal operations.
glad that President Donald Trump agrees with strengthening First
Amendment protections for non-profit organizations, and I�ll continue
urging my colleagues to stand with faith-based communities and support