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Emboldened Left Already Going After Tax Exemption For Churches

June 29, 2015

A familiar pattern has emerged over the last several years.

When a conservative criticizes a plan by the left, that person is branded a crazy liar right up to the moment their prediction comes true and then everyone on the left shrugs.

Hale Razor explained how this worked with gay marriage…

Gay marriage activists insisted no one was interested in interfering with anyone’s religious liberty, yet three days after the SCOTUS ruling, Mark Oppenheimer of the New York Times wrote this on the pages of Time…

Now’s the Time To End Tax Exemptions for Religious Institutions

Two weeks ago, with a decision in Obergefell v. Hodges on the way, Sen. Mike Lee of Utah introduced the First Amendment Defense Act, which ensures that religious institutions won’t lose their tax exemptions if they don’t support same-sex marriage. Liberals tend to think Sen. Lee’s fears are unwarranted, and they can even point to Justice Anthony Kennedy’s opinion in Friday’s case, which promises “that religious organizations and persons [will be] given proper protection.”

But I don’t think Sen. Lee is crazy. In the 1983 Bob Jones University case, the court ruled that a school could lose tax-exempt status if its policies violated “fundamental national public policy.” So far, the Bob Jones reasoning hasn’t been extended to other kinds of discrimination, but someday it could be. I’m a gay-rights supporter who was elated by Friday’s Supreme Court decision — but I honor Sen. Lee’s fears.

I don’t, however, like his solution. And he’s not going to like mine. Rather than try to rescue tax-exempt status for organizations that dissent from settled public policy on matters of race or sexuality, we need to take a more radical step. It’s time to abolish, or greatly diminish, their tax-exempt statuses.

Katie Pavlich of Townhall responds…

The left will claim they aren’t singling out religious institutions through their calls for the revocation of tax exempt statuses because they include non-profits, but the fact is that a majority of non-profits in the country are religious. The Salvation Army, which truly helps the homeless and addicted clean up their lives and get off the streets, is one example.

The left is now more emboldened than ever, so expect them to push harder on other pet issues. This tweet, by the way, is from an editor for Bloomberg News…

As Jim Treacher of the Daily Caller has pointed out more than once…

The only person angrier than a liberal who just lost is a liberal who just won.


One Comment leave one →
  1. June 29, 2015 8:33 pm

    And let’s not forget the next set of ‘civil rights’ coming down the pike: pedophilia, incest and bestiality.

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