Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Urges Congress to Maintain Current Law Protecting Houses of Worship from Partisan Conflicts

GREEK ORTHODOX ARCHDIOCESE OF AMERICA
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Contact: PRESS OFFICE
Stavros Papagermanos
pressoffice@goarch.org

Date: April 4, 2017

GREEK ORTHODOX ARCHDIOCESE OF AMERICA URGES CONGRESS TO
MAINTAIN CURRENT LAW PROTECTING HOUSES OF WORSHIP FROM PARTISAN CONFLICTS
NEW YORK – The Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America joins with scores of other American religious organizations to ask the U.S. Congress not to weaken or eliminate protections that prohibit non-profit 501(c)(3) organizations, including houses of worship, from endorsing or opposing political candidates. To date, almost 100 national, regional and state religious and interfaith organizations have joined this effort.
The letter written to Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Chairman of the House Ways & Means Committee Kevin Brady and Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee Orrin Hatch states, “As religious organizations, we oppose any attempt to weaken the current protections offered” by the federal tax code’s 501(c)(3) campaign intervention prohibition. “People of faith do not want partisan political fights infiltrating their houses of worship.” Current law protects the integrity and independence of houses of worship. The full text of the letter can be found at http://bit.ly/2n7uJji