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Walter Olson ๐Ÿ˜ท 10 Oct 19
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 ๐Ÿ˜ท 10 Oct 19
Replying to @walterolson
"A long line of court opinions has made clear that 1) 'tax exemptions canโ€™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 ๐Ÿ˜ท
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 ๐Ÿ˜ท 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 ๐Ÿ˜ท 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 ๐Ÿ˜ท 11 Oct 19
Replying to @BetoORourke
Amendment is likely to come out against next, having run through 1st and 2nd:
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๐ŸŒ๐Ÿ’ก๐ŸงฎMake the RCT printer go brrrr ๐Ÿ›ด๐Ÿฅ‘๐Ÿฆ† 11 Oct 19
Replying to @walterolson
This applies to ministers/leaders and doesn't nessessarily apply to most employees.
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