- Aug 24, 2016
Pastor Robert Jeffress on a call from some Democrats to eliminate churches of their tax-exempt status if they do not support gay marriage.
During a CNN town hall on LGBT equality, Beto O’Rourke took a clearly unconstitutional position, saying that any church or religious organization that opposes same-sex marriage should lose its tax exemption. Christian right advocates were outraged, but so I am. It’s a terrible, terrible idea.
The former El Paso congressman made the comment Thursday night during a CNN town hall on LGBTQ rights. Anchor Don Lemon asked O’Rourke, “Do you think religious institutions — like colleges, churches, charities — should lose their tax-exempt status if they oppose same-sex marriage?”
“Yes,” O’Rourke replied without hesitating, drawing a round of applause. “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.”
No, no, a thousand times no. First, it’s unconstitutional. You cannot offer a generally available government benefit only to those groups that agree with us. How trivially easy would it be to take the exact opposite position and deny a tax exemption only for those who are anti-equality? That would be equally unconstitutional. There may be specific circumstances in which an organization’s actions justify stripping them of their tax exemption or require legal coercion (like a Christian bakery refusing to make a cake for a same-sex wedding), but merely taking the position that same-sex marriage is morally wrong cannot be a constitutional basis for stripping an exempt organization of that exemption.
Yeah, so now the neutral Churches (that aren't fake state run churches) will be angry causing backlash that would have been avoided if the LGBT movement didn't keep trying to put Beto in the spotlight. This is the result.
When you look at successful movement in history for better lives and/or equality, usually you don't do the exact opposite of every single one of them, but the LGBT movement has found a way to create their own bad guys for no reason. Good job.
Also Beto has been given life support for awhile. The last debate had around 4 candidates name drop him for, he's been covered by almost every left-wing media outlet, and now he's being pushed as an LGBT hero, yet he has not gained in any poll.
I think it's time for him to drop out.
What's funny is he would still have some political value if he didn't run for President, the value he had after running against Ted Cruz is all diminished.