Response to “Religious Liberty” Executive Order

Both the National Council of Nonprofits and Independent Sector released statements in response to President Trump's “Promoting Free Speech and Religious Liberty” Executive Order.

“With the stroke of a pen, the President has unleashed the polarizing rancor of partisan electioneering on charitable nonprofits, religious institutions, and private foundations and the people and communities they serve. Despite the labeling, the portion of the Executive Order regarding the Johnson Amendment has nothing to do with free speech or freedom of religion. And, contrary to President Trump’s assertions at the signing ceremony, the Johnson Amendment has nothing to do with talking about policy issues of the day – it only prevents 501(c)(3) organizations from partisan electioneering by participating in ‘any political campaign on behalf of (or in opposition to) any candidate for public office.’”

—Tim Delaney, President & CEO of the National Council of Nonprofits

Read the National Council of Nonprofits' full statement.

“President Donald Trump’s executive order, Promoting Free Speech and Religious Liberty, puts us on a fundamentally wrong path by effectively easing Johnson Amendment prohibitions against political activity for 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations. […] Rather than taking steps to clarify these rules, this executive order only adds to the complexity and confusion around what charitable organizations, including religious institutions, are allowed to do under the law.”

“Speaking out and engaging in advocacy on mission-driven issues is an entirely different matter than endorsing candidates or getting involved in political campaigns. 501(c)(3) organizations, as the public trust demands, should remain above the political fray, advocating and informing leaders, but not engaging in political activity.”

—Daniel J. Cardinali, President & CEO of Independent Sector

Read Independent Sector's full statement.

Post date: May 5, 2017
Topics: National News | News from the National Council

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