Beto says Churches That Do Not Support Gay-Marriage Must Lose Tax-Exempt Status
Beto O’rouke in a town hall with CNN Don Lemon said that Churches that do not support same-sex marriage should lose their tax-exempt status. As a Congressman Beto O’rouke took an oath of office to uphold the Consitution of the United States of America.
The 1st Amendment states that ” Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.” The key phrase here is “free exercise” and a tax on churches would put a monetary constraint on people’s ability to practice their religion. Beto O’rouke’s position holds that churches may only keep their tax-exempt status if they agree with his position on LGBTQ issues like Gay-Marriage. The reason that the freedom of religion exists is to protect the diverse religious and philosophical thought in America. In America, we are free to believe or not believe whatever religious, philosophical, or moral belief system that we wish without persecution.
Beto O’rouke and the Democrats do not believe in freedom of thought. They are essentially saying if you do not adopt our position on LGBTQ policies and marriage that we are going to charge you for practicing your religious beliefs. If Beto O’rouke policy is implemented Christians will be persecuted for practicing their religious beliefs in America. O’rouke’s proposed policy is a blatant, unconstitutional attack on Christianity and the ecclesiastical authority of the Church. It is the Church’s responsibility as Christ’s representatives on Earth to create canons and doctrine that reflect the truth revealed to us in the Scriptures. Beto’s policy would infringe on the Christians’ freedom of religion and use taxation to dictate the doctrines of the Church violating the Separation of Church and State.