Beto’s Disregard for Religious Liberty

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Monday, November 11, 2019


During CNN’s hosted LGBTQ rights town hall, Democratic presidential candidate, Beto O’Rourke continued his nonsensical pandering by this time attacking religious institutions. He promptly answered “yes” to Don Lemon’s question asking if he favors religious institutions—churches, synagogues, colleges, and charities—losing their tax-exempt status for opposing same-sex marriage. The candidate continued, “There can be no reward, no benefit, no tax break, for anyone, any institution, any organization in America, that denies the full human rights, that denies the full civil rights, of everyone in America.”

Beto O’Rourke’s stated policy runs completely roughshod over the First Amendment’s guarantee of religious liberty. Not only is it unconstitutional, it is overtly immoral. Of course, what Beto said is just one tenet of the religion that is called social leftism. He and other fellow Democrat presidential candidates believe they are doing this in the name of tolerance. In reality, using the wielded power of the federal government to coerce people to abide by their principles is not “tolerance,” it’s just tyranny. Policies such as this one only take a bat to the culture’s social fabric and beat it until it is so fractured that the only thing left is division and strife.

These types of policies go beyond the typical Democrat hypocrisy that calls anyone on the right “morally bankrupt” for not believing the same way they do about the number of genders that exist, as one of a myriad of examples. Beto and other Democrats want to put their own moral precepts into law and force everybody to submit to their dictates.

There is another part that Beto got wrong while browbeating religious institutions during this forum. He said, “We are going to stop those that are infringing upon the human rights of our fellow Americans.” 

Specific churches are not “infringing” on the rights of same-sex couples when they say no to hosting their marriage. There are certainly other churches and places that would agree hosting same-sex marriages. It is also not an infringement of somebody’s human rights for a private school to not teach gay rights or history when there are other private schools or the local public school that may teach those things. Under Beto’s nationally mandated policy, these religious institutions would have no other choice but to abide by these rules, otherwise, they would face fear of shutting down.

The Founding Fathers were probably rolling around in their graves when Beto said this dogma. It is a total overstep of the powers given to the federal government, which James Madison described in Federalist Papers No. 45 as “few and defined.” The federal government is to exist to protect “life, liberty, and property” and not much else.

Proposing these fatuous policies are not out of the norm for Beto, as just last month the candidate made news headlines after he vigorously said, “Hell, yes, we’re going to take your AR-15, AK-47.” He is willing to say anything if it can prevent his candidacy from flat lining, and it should be disconcerting to anybody that is paying attention.

Christian Lubke is a sophomore at Carthage College in Kenosha, Wisconsin where he is majoring in political science and history. In his free time, he likes to listen to podcasts such as the Ben Shapiro Show and the Michael Knowles Show.

The views expressed in this article are the opinion of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Lone Conservative staff.


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About Christian Lubke

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Christian Lubke is a sophomore at Carthage College in Kenosha, Wisconsin where he is majoring in political science and history. In his free time, he likes to listen to podcasts such as the Ben Shapiro Show and the Michael Knowles Show.

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