Oh, no, Beto. Your overlords are not going to like this. No. Not so much.
Religious minded Americans affiliated with religious groups have, over the years, figured that what the powers that want to be were after was control of messaging – particularly traditional messaging – from the pulpits.
And now, from the State of Texas, out of the mouth of a presidential wannabe, we find out that we were right:
During the broadcast of CNN’s town hall on LGBTQ issues on Thursday, 2020 Democratic presidential hopeful former Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-TX) said religious institutions that do not agree with same-sex marriage would lose their tax-exempt status under his presidency.
Don Lemon asked, “This is from your LGBTQ plan. This is what you write. 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?
O’Rourke said, “Yes. 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’re going to make that a priority, and we are going to stop those who are infringing upon human rights.”
Given the way the American system is set up, with congregation members being able to deduct contributions from their taxes, that’s pretty dirty pool for everyone involved. Not only would an institution preaching what the group or organization has always believed have to pay taxes for going against the order the world wants instituted – even if that extra money could go to help feed the poor – but the people contributing to that group may well cut back due to tax deduction considerations.
Talk about being bullied by big brother.