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What conservatives labeled as alarmists say what might happen, Beto O’Rourke actually advocates. The government will take your guns, warns the alarmist. H_ll, yes, I’ll take your guns, says Beto. The government will punish churches that don’t go along with same-sex marriage, warns the alarmist. Churches that oppose same-sex marriage should lose their tax exemption, says Beto.
And though the Texan running for the Democratic presidential nomination is unlikely to get it, his idea is getting traction with other progressives who may well end up in power.
CNN - Townhall - LGBT - Issues - News
At the CNN townhall on LGBT issues, at which a news agency expressed its bias by giving Democratic candidates a forum to outdo each other in their fealty to the cause, journalist Don Lemmon pushed O’Rourke to his conclusion. From The Dallas Morning News:
CNN’s Don Lemmon framed the question in terms of belief: “Do you think religious institutions like colleges, churches, charities – should they lose their tax exempt status if they oppose same-sex marriage?”
O'Rourke - Hesitation - Applause - Los - Angeles
“Yes,” O’Rourke said without hesitation, drawing applause from the Los Angeles audience.
“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,” he added. “So as president we’re going to make that a priority and we are going to stop those who are infringing on the rights of our fellow Americans.”
Churches - Weddings - Opposition - Marriage - Taxes
As phrased here, it isn’t just that churches would be taxed if they refuse to perform same-sex weddings. The very opposition to same-sex marriage would trigger punitive taxes. So the state would be regulating what churches teach. This would affect Catholics, evangelicals, Pentecostals, Orthodox, confessional Lutherans, and other denominations that hold to the traditional definition of marriage. This would also punish other religious groups, from Mormons...
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