Barack Obama’s IRS may have targeted conservative groups for extra scrutiny, but Obama never pledged to strip tax-exempt status from organizations that disagreed with his position on an issue.
Yet on Thursday, former Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-Texas) said he would strip tax-exempt status from any religious organization that supports traditional marriage, defined as one man and one woman. In fact, his position essentially amounts to a government preference for pro-gay marriage religious bodies that likely violates the Establishment Clause.
CNN’s Don Lemon quoted O’Rourke’s policy on LGBT issues, which states: “Freedom of religion is a fundamental right but it should not be used to discriminate.”
“Do you think religious institutions — like colleges, churches, charities — should they lose their tax-exempt status if they oppose same-sex marriage?” Lemon asked.
“Yes,” O’Rourke replied — to loud applause from the audience. With just one word, Beto O’Rourke announced he would target every single religious institution that upholds the traditional definition of marriage. That’s not just the traditional definition in Christianity, but also in Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, and so many other religions across time and space.
I don’t see ANY gays or trans or lesbians walking into a mosque and asking to be married. I don’t see any mosques being taken to court because they wouldn’t marry a gay couple. Why is that?
Will Beto walk into a mosque and demand that they marry gay couples? We all know that won’t happen. He doesn’t have the balls to carry that off without a battalion of soldiers to back him up. If he could find any soldier to do that.
I still find it sad that he claims to be a Texan.