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Church-State Separation

Some Christians seem willing to support political leaders who lead in ways that violate basic human – much less Christian – principles because they think they will make the country stronger. But at what cost? […] Read More

In supporting President Trump and believing his promises to bring about the social changes they seek, his evangelical supporters are adopting the tactics, politics and principles of secular power. […] Read More

Baptists have long defended separation of church and state, which is why it’s so disturbing that some Baptists today are politicizing Christianity to align with the POTUS and current administration. […] Read More

It’s frustrating to see a Baptist leader push so hard to bring the corrupting influence of partisan politics into our churches. And it’s even more frustrating that he does so with false claims. […] Read More

When AG Jeff Sessions and other politicians seek to appease Christians who falsely believe their religion is under attack, it distracts the church from its legitimate mission. […] Read More

As long as they’re willing to give up their tax-exempt status, U.S. churches can endorse candidates or play politics from the pulpit. For the danger of politics and religion mixing, look at China. […] Read More

Both as a place to foster community in the midst of difference and as a prophetic voice speaking truth to power, the church has been – and continues to be – a noble institution in public life. But these roots are threatened by efforts to change tax laws governing nonprofits and religious groups. For this […] Read More

Understanding the interplay between states and religious traditions is vital to protecting religious freedom for all, said Ahmed Shaheed, U.N. Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion and belief, in his annual report released on Feb. 12. “The degree to which States are entangled with various religions or beliefs has far-reaching implications for their disposition and […] Read More

The tax bill passed by the U.S. House of Representatives would roll back the 1954 law prohibiting partisan political involvement by nonprofit organizations, including churches. The Senate version that passed over the weekend does not directly address the so-called Johnson Amendment, something the congressional conference committee will address during the reconciliation process. This effort to […] Read More

There’s been a lot of talk recently about the role of the church in the public square, particularly with respect to the Johnson Amendment. This legislation prohibits churches (as 501(c)(3) organizations) from publicly endorsing or specifically campaigning against candidates for public office. A recent executive order instructed the IRS to overlook the Johnson Amendment when […] Read More