O’Rourke made his case during Thursday night’s CNN town hall on issues surrounding LGBTQ, where he laid out his plan to pull that status from those churches and charities who oppose same-sex marriage, as IJR previously reported.
While charities and churches aren’t required currently in the U.S. to pay business taxes, O’Rourke wants to change that if he were to become president.
“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 during the town hall.
He continued, “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.”
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In a statement, Sasse condemned O’Rourke for his plan “that churches, hospitals, and charities — folks who are serving their communities and loving their neighbors — should lose their tax-exempt status if their religious convictions don’t fall in line with his progressive politics.”
In continuing to tear into O’Rourke, the Republican lawmaker called the Democratic contender’s plan “extreme intolerance” that is “un-American.”
“This extreme intolerance is un-American. The whole point of the First Amendment is that, no matter who you love and where you worship, everyone is created with dignity and we don’t use government power to decide which religious beliefs are legitimate and which aren’t. This bigoted nonsense would target a lot of sincere Christians, Jews, and Muslims. Leaders from both political parties have a duty to flatly condemn this attack on very basic American freedoms.”