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  • NYT Columnist: Time to Yank Tax-Exempt Status of Religious Organizations

    We knew that calls for this position were only a matter of time, but we didn’t expect that Leftists would be pushing for it so quickly.

    Keep in mind that liberals sloganeered with happy talk like, “how does my gay marriage affect your life?”

    Aside from the small business owners who have been taken to court by the State for refusing to participate in a same-sex ceremony, now a columnist for the New York Times pens an article in Time magazine arguing that religious organizations who don’t ascribe to the Supreme Court’s redefinition of marriage should have its tax-exempt status pulled.

    Meet fascist and bigot Mark Oppenheimer:

    The Supreme Court’s ruling on gay marriage makes it clearer than ever that the government shouldn’t be subsidizing religion and non-profits. 

    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.

    Yeah, same-sex marriage won’t affect your life one bit… that is, if you don’t disagree with five justices who just obliterated the meaning of a word found in major religious teachings and spanning different cultures for millennia.

    You can read more of that bigot’s screed here.


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