Robert Francis O’Rourke says that churches should to bow to progressive dogma or be penalized by the government. What happened to the separation of church and state?
For some, the entire issue of tax-exempt status for churches is controversial, others, welcome the debate, but many people of faith recognize the immeasurable good that religious organizations do within the community. Interestingly, both sides argue that it is the “separation of church and state” that undergirds their argument.
Opponents argue that giving churches special tax exemptions violates the separation of church and state, and that tax exemptions are a privilege, not a constitutional right. They say that in tough economic times the government cannot afford what amounts to a subsidy worth billions of dollars every year.
It was in 1894 that federal tax-exemption was granted for places of worship in the United States, and it wasn’t until 2015 that same-sex marriage was deemed legal in the United States in the Supreme Court decision on Obergefell v. Hodges.
Beto has decided to weigh in on tax-exempt status for churches (as well as colleges and universities) by stating that he believes that an organization — even a religious one — should not oppose same-sex marriage or they could have their tax-exemption removed.
Don Lemon asked Beto the question based on his platform at the latest CNN townhall event which focused on LGBTQ+ issues.
Beto said, “There can be no reward, no benefit, no tax break for anyone, or any institution, any organization in America — that denies the full human rights and the full civil rights of every single one of us. And so as president, we are going to make that a priority, and we are going to stop those who are infringing upon the human rights of our fellow Americans.”
Beto stuns, claims churches, colleges and universities should lose their tax-exempt status if they oppose same-sex marriage. pic.twitter.com/YvzP28Ehhs
— BlazeTV (@BlazeTV) October 11, 2019
Here’s why: if this were the case, then the government could have yanked the tax-exempt status of Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in Montgomery, Alabama where a 26-year old Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. was organizing the Montgomery Bus Boycotts from the basement and beginning what would become a wide-reaching Civil Rights movement.
The same could be said with churches that opposed terrible laws that were later overturned like the Dredd Scott decision.
Most times, civil rights movements begin in places of worship.
Beto also has the audacity to tell places of worship what their views are to be.
Does that include Mosques, Beto? Because it’s not just the Christians that have a problem with the redefinition of marriage. Frankly, many Christians hold that whole “love the sinner, hate the sin” view, while in some factions of Islam (admittedly in the Middle East) homosexuality is a choice between death or gender reassignment surgery.
What about the Pandora’s Box that this would open up for a GOP president to strip away the tax-exempt status of leftwing organizations that are antithetical to conservative ideals?
*cough* Planned Parenthood *cough*
But, hey, Beto would be “totes kewl” with that, right?
After all, he’s all for revoking the tax-exempt status of his own denomination — the Catholic Church — which has been standing firm on the traditional definition of marriage.
Thousands of years of doctrine and the scholarly interpretation of Scripture should be tossed out because some drunk driver skater bro that dressed up as a sheep for his punk band and plays fast-and-loose with rights and freedoms says so? Because he is some kind of moral authority?
Beto has made it clear that he’s not keen on the Second Amendment, and with his response to this, it’s clear that he doesn’t respect the First. Which one will he tear up next?
My money is on the Tenth because the left’s sudden crush on federalism will fade and Beto is quite obviously an authoritarian at heart.
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