Rep. Jody Hice: Johnson Amendment created “behind closed doors…without any debate”

Jody HiceI think by this time most people are familiar, at least they have heard about the Johnson amendment. It came about in 1954, when Lyndon Johnson barely won a race for Senate because many people thought he was soft on communism. So one of the first things he did when he got here was, behind closed doors, without any vetting, without any debate, had inserted into the IRS Code a statement that basically says that nonprofits cannot address political issues, or they could potentially lose their tax-exempt status.

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Rep. John Duncan: “Far left” students “would have fit right in during the book- burning, anti-free speech days in Nazi Germany”

John DuncanIn addition, almost no leading conservatives are invited to be college commencements speakers. This year, we have even seen very hateful demonstrations and some violence at universities when conservative speakers have been invited to speak at these supposed bastions of free speech. Some of the young student haters conducting their far-left demonstrations would have fit right in during the book- burning, anti-free speech days in Nazi Germany.

—Rep. John Duncan (R–TN)

Free Speech, House Floor, June 8, 2017

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Rep. Alma Adams: The Founding Fathers Sought to Protect “Artistic Expression”

Alma Adams

Under the First Amendment, all art forms and all artistic expressions are constitutionally protected. Our Founding Fathers who created our country and launched our Nation as the world’s role model in democracy believed that freedom of speech and freedom of the press were important enough to guarantee protection in our country’s founding documents. If our Founding Fathers, the brightest minds of that generation, thought that artistic expression was important enough to protect in our Bill of Rights, then what right do we have to take this away and censor the artistic community?

—Rep. Alma Adams (D–NC)

Removal Of David Pulphus’ Painting From The Cannon Tunnel, House Floor, April 26, 2017

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