Lawmakers Propose Doing Away With The Johnson Amendment - - Oklahoma City, OK - News, Weather, Video and Sports |


Lawmakers Propose Doing Away With The Johnson Amendment

Posted: Updated:

After one of the most controversial political seasons, some are looking to places of faith for guidance. But a little-known law prevents pastors from endorsing candidates and it's something Sen. James Lankford is hoping to reverse.

But, some non-profits and many churches say not endorsing may be a good thing.

Speaking at the national prayer breakfast last week, President Donald Trump doubled down on a promise to evangelicals looking to endorse politicians; a promise Lankford is hoping to keep by introducing the “Free Speech Fairness Act.”

Lankford saying in a statement, “The federal government and the IRS should never have the ability to inhibit free speech.”

Marnie Taylor is the CEO for the Oklahoma Center for Non-profits. She says the Johnson Amendment is the last line of defense preventing organizations and churches from being manipulated by politicians looking to capitalize on high levels of trust from members and congregations.

Non-profits are already allowed to advocate for issues, something Taylor encourages. She says talk about political speech may actually help non-profits in the end, as long as it doesn't go too far.

Special Features

iPhone App

Get breaking news, weather, sports & video directly on your iPhone.


Breaking political news & the latest headlines from the state capitol & D.C.


See where weather is happening using our live interactive radars.


Spend your money wisely with reviews of new tech gadgets & the latest news in technology.

TV Schedule

Need to know what's on TV? Check out our television schedule.

Live Radar

WARN Interactive
Powered by Frankly
News 9
7401 N. Kelley Ave.
Oklahoma City, OK 73111 is proud to provide Oklahomans with timely and relevant news and information, sharing the stories, pictures and loves of Oklahomans across our great state.
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2018 KWTV. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices.