From: The Honorable Jody B. Hice
Sent By:
Nicholas.Brown@mail.house.gov

Date: 9/12/2016

JOHNSON AMENDMENT BRIEFING ON SEPTEMBER 20 @ NOON

RESTORING FIRST AMENDMENT PROTECTIONS FOR CHURCHES AND NON-PROFITS

Dear Colleague:

As you know, the right to free speech is considered a fundamental and sacred right which is protected by the First Amendment to our Constitution. At the outset of our Nation, pastors and churches across our country enjoyed the liberty to speak freely from
the pulpit on the most important political and social issues of the day. However, in 1954, the passage of the Johnson Amendment profoundly altered this right by silencing the ability of pastors, churches, and non-profits to engage in open and unoppressed free
speech without the fear of losing their tax-exempt, non-profit status.

Please join us for a briefing to discuss the detrimental effects the Johnson Amendment has had on free speech and recommended solutions for restoring the constitutional rights of free speech and free exercise of religion to churches and other non-profits.

The event will be hosted by Congressman Jody B. Hice (GA-10), and panelists will include:

  • Michael E. Batts, Chairman of the Commission on Accountability and Policy for Religious Organizations and Managing Partner of Batts Morrison Wales & Lee.
  • David Christensen, Vice President of Government Affairs, Family Research Council.
  • Christiana Holcomb, Legal Counsel, Alliance Defending Freedom.
  • Roger Severino, Director, DeVos Center, The Heritage Foundation.

September 20, 2016

Rayburn 2203 (OGR Committee Room)

12 noon – 1 pm

For more information or to RSVP, please contact Nicholas Brown on Rep. Hice’s staff at 202-225-4101 or
Nicholas.Brown@mail.house.gov.

Sincerely,

/s/

Jody B. Hice
Member of Congress