Last night the democratic candidates for president participated in a CNN town hall for the LGBTQ community. That sentence alone is ridiculous enough that I don’t need to explain the event any further.
Anyway, during the town hall candidates did their best to appeal to the <2% of the total population by promising some strange things. Most notable of these was Beto's promise to start taxing churches. During the event, Beto was asked if he would remove tax exempt status from institutions like colleges, charities, and churches "if they oppose same sex marriage". Of course, Beto answered as expected: "Yes. There can be no reward, no benefit, no tax break, for anyone, or any institution in America that denies the full human rights, the full civil rights of every single one of us."
Beto then goes on to say that this is going to be a “priority” of his, if elected.
So, here is Beto saying that “churches have to accept homosexuality or face punishment”. There’s no law that says people have to be married in a church. The church does not act as a public space for anyone to rent out.
Yet, Beto seems to think that churches should have to bow to the government.
People laughed for years when folks brought up the idea of the “slippery slope,” but here it is. Now we have candidates pushing for policies that punish the church for not allowing same sex marriages in their building.
What’s even more shocking about Beto’s remarks is that he intends to make this a “priority.” Why on earth would taxing churches be a priority if you’re a serious candidate? Does Beto think that taxing religious institutions is going to win people over?
Remember, this is the same guy who wants to take your guns. He wants to take your guns, and he wants to dictate your religion… But he says Trump is a danger to our country?