The United States House of Representatives is considering bill H.R.172 – To restore the Free Speech and First Amendment rights of churches and exempt organizations by repealing the 1954 Johnson Amendment.
The Johnson Amendment refers to a change in the U.S. tax code made in 1954 which prohibited certain tax-exempt organizations from endorsing and opposing political candidates. It is named for Senator Lyndon B. Johnson of Texas, who proposed the bill. According to Roy Speckhardt, executive director of the American Humanist Association, “Without the Johnson Amendment, churches could operate like super-PACs by funneling anonymous, tax-deductible donations to political candidates who would support policies that discriminate against the LGBTQ community, restrict women’s reproductive rights and curb the civil liberties of humanists, atheists and other nonreligious Americans.”
Sample call script: (you will get a staff person, so be nice)
“Hi, my name is (your name) and I am a constituent from (city, st). I am calling in opposition to H.R. 172. This bill would make it possible for churches, or other religious groups, to control local government, including school boards, imposing their views on the whole community. Thank you for your hard work answering the phones.”
[IF LEAVING A VOICEMAIL: please leave your full street address to ensure your call is tallied]
Thanks to Five Calls for the basic script
See what Bills the Florida Legislature is considering for 2017.
Here are the bills we are tracking. The Senate convenes March 7, 2017 for the regular session. See all the Senate bills filed. See all the House bills filed.Florida Senators & Representatives
2017 Legislation of InterestWe provide this as information on areas of interest to Atheists, so you can decide for yourself on your position on the bill and take whatever action you deem necessary to support/oppose the legislation.
|HB||SB||Title and Description||AOF Action|
|HB 303||SB 436||Florida Student and |
School Personnel Religious Liberties Act
|HB 215||SB 342||Public Records/Physician Abortion Reports; Providing an exemption from public records requirements for physician abortion reports filed with the Department of Health; providing for future legislative review and repeal of the exemption under the Open Government Sunset Review Act; providing a statement of public necessity, etc.|
|HB 203||SB 348||Termination of Pregnancy; Creates "Florida Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act"; prohibits abortion of unborn child capable of feeling pain; provides parameters for making such determination; requires physicians to report abortion information to DOH; provides criminal penalties & civil & criminal remedies; creates special revenue account to pay for certain costs & expenses incurred by state in defending act.|
|SR 0288||Relief of the Justice-2-Jesus Charitable Trust by the State of Florida; Providing for the relief of the Justice-2-Jesus Charitable Trust; providing an appropriation to compensate the trust for injuries and damages sustained as a result of the negligence and inaction of state government; providing a limitation on the payment of compensation, fees, and costs, etc. CLAIM WITH APPROPRIATION: $240,000.00||Letter|
|HCR 109||SR 0194||Equal Rights for Men and Women; Ratifying the proposed amendment to the Constitution of the United States relating to equal rights for men and women, etc.|