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Walter Olson 😷 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 😷 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 😷
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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Paul Krause 10 Oct 19
Replying to @walterolson
Revoke all tax exemptions.
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Josh Rogers 🐺 10 Oct 19
Replying to @walterolson
Yep, let's do it, no exemptions for any religious organization no matter how regressive or progressive.
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National Acrobat 11 Oct 19
Replying to @walterolson
I say revoke the exemptions for all of them, no matter denomination or religion. They should all pay taxes.
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𝖕ɐɯ 𝖘ı 𝖕𝖑ɹ𝖔ʍ ǝɥʇ/my new hairdo was a setup😇 11 Oct 19
I say, abolish the 16th amendment and not have this debate anymore.
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Jason Shinn 11 Oct 19
Replying to @walterolson
What would be wrong with that?
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Mike Partyka 10 Oct 19
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