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07/26/2017

Political Action and Advocacy in the Faith Based Community: Possibilities and limits in our US democracy

Political Action and Advocacy in the Faith Based Community: Possibilities and limits in our US democracy

Funding has been made possible by: Puffin Foundation West, Ltd.

Interfaith Association of Central Ohio (IACO)

25th Annual Main Event Sunday, August 27, 2017 — Doors open at 4:30 pm,
Program begins at 5:00 pm

First Community Church - 3777 Dublin Road, Columbus, OH 43221

In 1954, Congress approved an amendment by Sen. Lyndon Johnson to prohibit 501(c)(3) organizations, which includes charities and churches, from engaging in any political campaign activity. To the extent Congress has revisited the ban over the years, it has in fact strengthened the ban. The most recent change came in 1987 when Congress amended the language to clarify that the prohibition also applies to statements opposing candidates.” (IRS Publication “Charities, Churches and Politics”)

On May 4th President Trump signed an Executive Order “Promoting Free Speech and Religious Liberty” directed at limiting or even abolishing the effect of the Johnson Amendment. As a result, the President has started a conversation and renewed an effort to overturn the Johnson Amendment and to allow charities and faith communities to engage in partisan politics without a threat to their non-profit status. This distinguished panel will discuss the possibilities and the limits of political action and advocacy by the faith based community.

This year at the Main Event, three distinguished panelists: Joseph L Mas (José Luis Mas), trial attorney representing newly-arrived immigrants and refugees; James R. Beattie, Jr., Associate Dean for Academic Affairs/Professor of Law at Capital University and winner of the 2002 Teacher of the Year Award from the Association of American Law Schools (AALS); and James M. Childs, Jr., Professor Emeritus of Theology and Ethics at Trinity Lutheran Seminary and an ordained pastor in the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America will discuss the possibilities and the limits of political action and advocacy by the faith based community.

Register online at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/25th-annual-iaco-main-event-tickets-36448397137

or download the PDF below to register via U.S. Mail