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Walter Olson 😷
Aside from being grossly illiberal, anti-pluralist, and inflammatory, Beto O'Rourke's call for ending tax exemptions of religious groups that oppose same-sex marriage is also blatantly unconstitutional under current Supreme Court precedent /1
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Walter Olson 😷 10 Oct 19
Replying to @walterolson
"A long line of court opinions has made clear that 1) 'tax exemptions can’t be denied based on the viewpoint that a group communicates.'" "Support," the term used in the question, = viewpoint. /2
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Walter Olson 😷 10 Oct 19
Replying to @walterolson
Whether through tax leverage or other means, the Constitution also forbids government from reaching into many internal decision processes of churches. rebuked the Obama admin on this in the 2012 Hosanna-Tabor case, 9-0 /3
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Walter Olson 😷 10 Oct 19
Replying to @walterolson
Every single liberal Justice joined in defense of church autonomy in that case. Want to revoke the tax exemption of churches or religious orgs? That, you might do -- provided you revoke the exemptions of pro-gay or progressive churches on the same neutral basis. /4
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Walter Olson 😷 10 Oct 19
Replying to @BetoORourke
In short, the position on taxation of religious institutions to which just assented is both extremist and oppressive. Now it's up to the rest of us to make clear that we reject it. /5, fin
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Walter Olson 😷 11 Oct 19
Replying to @BetoORourke
Amendment is likely to come out against next, having run through 1st and 2nd:
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Walter Olson 😷 10 Oct 19
Replying to @conncarroll
The Supreme Court could change any precedent it wants, including lifting the ban on hereditary monarchy. But this idea would start 0-9 in the hole.
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Ramsey Haddad 11 Oct 19
Replying to @walterolson
Would constitution block a blanket end to tax exemptions for ALL religious groups?
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Walter Olson 😷 11 Oct 19
Replying to @rwzh_
See 4th tweet in thread:
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John J Rambo 10 Oct 19
Replying to @walterolson
Government isn’t about rewarding conformity in thought?
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