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End Citizens United: Fighting to Keep the Johnson Amendment

The United States is a country established on the principle that the state and the church should be separated and that the church should not interfere in the affairs of the state. However, with President Trump signing an executive order to weaken the scope of the Johnson Amendment and the Republican Party campaigning for its complete removal, the idea of “separation of church and state” is beginning to blur. This principle is the danger of being taken away from the people, and several groups have shown their outrage about the plan of the government to remove it from the constitution. One of these groups who is staging protests and rallies against the removal of the Johnson Amendment is End Citizens United, one of the fastest growing political organization in the United States. The group was founded in 2015, and in just two years, they are proud to say that their membership in the United States alone rose to millions. They are appealing to all of their members to protect the Johnson Amendment, and do everything that they can for the government to hear their appeals and to listen to what they wanted to say.

The Johnson Amendment states that non-profit organizations which are exempted from paying taxes are forbidden from campaigning for an individual who would run for public office. They are also prohibited from opposing someone who is a candidate for the election. End Citizens United is asking the government to leave the amendment alone, and they are urging every member of the Congress not to enact the removal of the Johnson Amendment. This amendment is a total stranger to most Americans, and they only heard about it during the last election season in 2016. End Citizens United does not want this amendment to be removed because they believe that it will turn non-profit, tax-exempt organizations like the church into a corrupted weapon for deceit. They warned that if the Johnson Amendment is removed, wealthy politicians and families can ultimately control the flow of the elections. For example, these politicians will be giving massive amounts of money to the church, stating that these are “donations.” However, with their power, they can dictate the church to spend it somewhere else, including their political campaign advertisement and paraphernalia.

End Citizens United wanted to protect the Johnson Amendment because they believe that once the amendment is removed, the wealthy families and big businesses in the United States would have more control over the state and the government. The organization was established in 2015 because of the landmark ruling that the United States Supreme Court released in 2010, stating that private corporations are still considered as an individual, and they can freely support the candidate of their choice. Read more on End Citizens United raises $4 million, projects $35 million haul for midterms: