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O’Rourke to End Tax Exemptions for Churches Only Supporting Traditional Marriage

At about the same time that President Donald Trump was bringing down the house in Minneapolis with his latest political rally, CNN was holding a televised town hall for the Democratic presidential candidates on LGBT issues. By all accounts, the Democrats should be grateful that most people were tuned in to the Trump rally.

The Federalist listed some of the highlights of the town hall, ranging from the moment that CNN talking head Chris Cuomo mistakenly pronounced himself female to the trans woman who accused another CNN personality of committing violence against her by mispronouncing her name.

Just as an aside, Bernie Sanders declined to attend, pleading his recent health crisis. Lucky him.

However, the most illuminating and outrageous episode of the town hall occurred when Beto O’Rourke was questioned about churches and other religious institutions that still adhere to traditional marriage, i.e. between one man and one woman, should keep their tax-exempt status.

“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,” O’Rourke said. “And so, as president, we’re going to make that a priority, and we are going to stop those who are infringing upon the human rights of our fellow Americans.”

And the crowd at the town hall went wild.

While, according to Gallup, Americans support legal same-sex marriage by a two to one margin, most mainline Christian denominations hew to the definition of marriage as being between one man and one woman. Conservative and Orthodox Judaism and Islam also do not recognize same-sex marriage as being valid.

That Beto O’Rourke’s proposal is both a political and constitutional train wreck goes almost without question. Hot Air notes that churches and other religious institutions such as church-run schools are tax-exempt because the policy adheres to the separation of church and state and also because such organizations are considered charities. Churches follow the dictates of their faith by ministering to the poor and the sick, often far more effectively than government agencies. The government since the Founding has concluded that the public good should be better addressed if religious institutions keep their money to help the less fortunate.

Noting that Beto also wants to abrogate the 2nd Amendment by seizing peoples’ firearms, the Washington Examiner has dubbed him a “wannabe tyrant.” If a church preaches a point of view that he doesn’t like, then they will have to pay up in a very hypothetical O’Rourke Administration.

“O’Rourke’s suggestion is plainly unconstitutional. The government has no right to tell a religious organization what it can and cannot believe, just as it cannot tell a church or mosque or temple which rituals it can and cannot perform. This is the very first thing mentioned in our Bill of Rights.”

Several pundits posed the question, is Beto once again demonstrating his ungoverned id, shooting off his mouth without first engaging his brain? Or is he articulating what all Democratic politicians think, but are too cautious to articulate these beliefs, knowing what the voting public would think?

Hot Air suggested the latter when it noted that Corey Booker hummed and hawed when the same question was put to him. “Spartacus isn’t so brave when push comes to shove. He deflected a direct question and turned it into a lecture about discrimination in general. Brave, brave Spartacus.”

Hot Air also suggested that by pandering to the LGBT community, politicians such as Beto O’Rourke have thrown religious Americans under the bus. It is one thing to believe that same-sex marriage ought to be legal out of simple fairness and because marriages of all sorts tend to be a glue that helps to hold society together, It is quite another thing to believe that everyone should be forced to hold to that belief under the color of law. That attitude begets grinding, lengthy court cases over whether or not bakers and florists should be forced to cater to same-sex weddings regardless of their religious beliefs.

Beto is not likely to be president in the physical universe that we occupy. The polls, which place him in the low single digits, suggest that earnestness has not translated into votes. Some people might say that it is a good thing.

 

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  8. Since I don’t have any guns, Beto, are you going to take my steak knives? How do you say in Spanish, “Wake up, big boy!” ?

  9. Beto would fit right in in Nazi Germany!

  10. More hot air from the Irishman who wants everyone to think he is Latino. I think the Irish should inform this idiot that they are going to throw him out of their culture and cut his official Irish roots. The Latino community should just Ignore this wanna-be and hopefully he will go away and maybe grow up.

  11. “Beto” is an idiot.

  12. Good ol’ Beto, one of the Left’s wannabe dictators. I loves how he says HE will take our firearms. Like “Spaghetti-arms” could take anything away from anyone. Again I say; “Beto, are you, personally, going to take MY firearms? I bet not. Little punks sent some idiot lackey (a cop) to do their actual WORK. ”
    Pack it in, Spaghetti Boy!
    MAGA!
    TRUMP 2020!

  13. For many years, my Church, studied the Open and Affirming Commitment four our Church-Union Congregational Church, United Church of Christ, The Church has taken many steps in our Country’s history to protect the rights of of people in the area of Human Concerns. We were a stop in the Underground Railroad for runaway slaves in the 1800’s, aided new immigrants to find a better life,and many more.

    This year we celebrate 20 Years of being an Open and Affirming Church. Our Church has greatly through the inclusion of all people and relationships. Volunteer help, monetary contributions,increased family participation, leadership positions and other activities. Church worship is attended by all.

    There are several people that have closed their minds to other types of marriages. They view that it has to be a union between a man and a woman. At Union all individuals are welcome as Christ would do.

  14. Beto is a complete idiot as most of the rest of them. Everything is gonna be free ,we will give you a job,we will dictate your rights how we see fit. Democrats in 2020!!!
    Only if the idiots vote.

  15. Beto is right there with AOC. Dumb as a rock.
    No matter how bad they are at least AOC seems to be slightly less stupid than BETO.
    I bet neither of them have an IQ high enough to spell IQ and would ask for the number if you
    told them to please dial 911.

  16. The Democratic Party is full of Hypocrites. This moron is pushing to remove tax exemptions from Churches and affiliates.
    On the other hand he and other Democrats are granting tax exemptions to organizations affiliated with the Party.
    Everything they push is to only make the Party more powerful.
    They have proven time and time again that they have no concerns for We The People at all.
    They have been pushing for decades to have enough power so they can take full control of We The People under there Socialist/Communist regime.
    The walls they need to knock down to accomplish there goal is taking the control of the Presidency, The House as well as the Senate. The other is for know break the seal on our 2nd Amendment with just one change then attack to take it all down. They will also strip us of our 1st Amendment rights. They have already been attempting to do to all Republicans if they get Office it will be all.That way We The People will be defenceless to protect ourselves from there total control of every aspect of our lives as they and the 1%ers get rich off our sky rocketing taxes.
    They just put the biggest smoke screen by agreeing with the Republicans to support Hong Kong’s efforts to leave a Socialist/Communist Nation to become a Free Democracy. Again a Hypothetical move by the Democratic Party because they are pushing the total opposite to strip us from a Free Democracy and turn us into a Socialist/Communist Nation.
    PEOPLE PLEASE OPEN YOUR EYES AND LOOK BEYOND THERE HYPOCRISY.

  17. “And blessed be God, who in this time of our great trial, gives us the churches” (Abraham Lincoln). I’ll take Honest Abe over the radical O’Rourke any day. You?

  18. Read your Bible. “Men who lie with men will NOT inherit God’s kingdom nor will those who agree with it.”

  19. “Beto” O’Rourke continues to astound as the radical ‘nut job’ he truly is. Does he really believe that there are enough radicals like him to get him elected president and thereby to destroy the foundations of this country? Let’s hope not. This evil character needs to be ignored to death.

  20. SCR*W you butt boy…YOU do NOT dictate anything for this country…take your gays and get your own heathen church……God has a book of rules for his people and YOU are NOT one of them……Ever hear of freedom of religion and freedom of speech……..NOT just your perverted freedoms, but EVERTONE’S freedom…

  21. Beto O’Rourke,

    You are not going to be President, your probably not going to make the Demo’ ballot. You are as transparent as they come; when in Rome you speak Italian, when in the land of LGBT’s you speak and cow tow to what ever they think is politically correct and so on! You advocate Socialism for our Democratic Republic (never happen) fueled by Capitalism and founded by Christian believers (who were not perfect by any stretch) but were the best at what they did. Our Founding Fathers founded the most outstanding Nation the world has ever seen based “In God We Trust” and God has bountifully blessed this Nation up to now. You Sir and those in your realm want to take that blessing away and have no clue as to the consequences of that becoming a reality, no clue! You and the New York Times are a blight on this Nation and you, unfortunately are not alone as demonstrated by the lying mass media and another in your dark realm, Adam Schiff comes to mind. Obama was the worst President this Nation has ever had to endure and eventually a brave sole will author the truth of that statement in a (factual) book. You Sir, are an undesirable and a LOSER and rank below the bottom line!

  22. I glad we want have any communist democrat for president vote trump save our country

  23. Go to hell Beto!! (and I’m sure you will–you probably don’t know who Jesus Christ is). The Bible is very clear that MARRIAGE is between a man and woman. Hey Beto, have they changed the dictionary definition yet? God created Adam and Eve, not Adam and Steve. Two men and two women can’t procreate. Christians love all people, but there are certain issues that are non-negotiable, and same-sex marriage is one of them. But churches don’t have to worry–you have ZERO chance of being President!!

  24. The biggest threat to Beto’s idea that churches should lose their tax exempt position is that to do so would be double taxation, which I understand is illegal.

    Churches get their money from donations from their parishioners. The parishioners have already paid a tax on the money they donate, so how is it not double taxation to tax churches on the money donated to them?

  25. Beto the Boob, also known as the laughing stock of Texas. The man belongs in an asylum.

  26. I can’t believe that someone can get dumper by the day right in front of the American’s eyes.

  27. One thing the Democrats do is promise Americans all of these ideas/concept to make America better. The real problem is they do not have the means or money to do any of it. Empty promises just to get your votes and remove our POTUS that has done a lot with all of the fake news, accusations and lies by the Deep State swamp and their news media puppets.

  28. Beto appears to like Socialism ! Beto, Russia and China are Socialist Countries!

  29. Beto appears to like Socialism! Beto, the following countries are socialists……RUSSIA & CHINA!

  30. Beto O’dork, this guy isn’t qualified to pick up dog poop! Another stupid liberal placating to even more stupid people….. If your gay fine, I don’t go around pushing my Christian views down their throats, why do they think their views should be shoved down mine… Piss off you gay fucks that don’t get it…. We don’t care who you have sex with, just do it without having to board cast it to the world…. News flash, we don’t care, it’s your own sick problem!

  31. Oh my gosh,,,you dum betito

  32. That my folks is one dumb person, glad he will not be president.

  33. Beto says what Obama and Pope Francis say Because, the Pope Francis and Obama share the same socialist viewpoints

  34. No one should pay any attention to O’Rourk. He is literally running on a platform to change our constitution and our successful history. He is nothing more than a smirking showboat and leftist commie ‘crat. Get rid of him or everyone will lose constitutional rights. That is ‘everyone’, This pup has to go. We aren’t looking for either Howdy Doody or Ronald MacDonald for President. In O’Rourke, we would have both.

  35. I love it when these fools shoot themselves in the mouth.

  36. People like him in nut case Kalifornia, but the perverted life style must go Sodom was destroyed because of same sex life style. God created Adam and Eve, not Adam and Steve. burn baby burn

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