GOP Senator Slams O’Rourke for ‘Extreme Intolerance’ With Call to Revoke Tax-Exempt Status of Churches

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Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Neb.) is laying into 2020 Democratic presidential hopeful Beto O’Rourke after he suggested the removal of the tax-exempt status of churches and charities.

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.”

As IJR previously reported, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) declared during Thursday’s town hall that she thinks U.S. taxpayers should fund gender reassignment surgeries for prison inmates.

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John
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the man is pathetic – maybe he dropped too much acid in his younger days

James
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>Phyllis Softa<

WHAT "insanity"? Are you referring to the growing Leftist insanity, incivility and Socialism policies now being proposed by the anti-America 2020 clowns on the Left to destroy American capitalism and the World economy that which was nearly destroyed by the Kenyan Marxist?

ron
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i don’t think anyone should be tax exempt. if i have to pay taxes everyone should. but as long as religions ARE tax exempt the government should have no right to tell them to break what their faith say for them to believe in.

Phoenix
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Cheryl, I’m not putting down divorce. I didn’t know you were divorced, so i wasn’t digging at you.
I just don’t understand making exceptions for one and not the other. Both involve going against the bible willfully – only one gets is a stigma.

I don’t agree with tax exemptions being removed from any religion, however i also don’t agree with laws being passed that enable those religions to discriminate against a certain group. The constitution is supposed to protect the public from that.

Blue
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So now O’Stupid is wanting Churches to literally rewrite the words of the actual Bible!!????? SMH

Paul
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True Christianity, that which teaches love and tolerance (besides, there is that verse that mentions John: “the disciple that Jesus loved”) escapes many denominations. Now, whether that hatred and intolerance should call for them not getting their “unfair” tax exemptions, should be up to the voters. Oh, Boy! I can see already how that would end up!

Gerald D Cline Jr.
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O’Rourke’s comments are just another example of the “…war on Christianity…” being waged by the progressive-left/Democratic Party…. They are trying to impose THEIR version of a “…state religion…” on the American people.

Cherl
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*Phyllis* you mean like tDump for one? Liberals are far from innocent.

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