Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Tax Exemptions Control Schools And Churches

Cable News Network, CNN, held the LGBT Town Hall meeting for Democratic presidential candidates. The entire event was mostly pandering and showing the extremes of the LGBT community. There were a couple of things that set conservatives on fire. One, was a mother with her 9 year old trans male child, and the other was a question about tax exemptions for churches, schools, and universities if they don't support same-sex marriage.

This writing isn't about the 9 year old trans, but I would like to clarify some things. I have heard conservatives complaining about permanently mutilating children. US law doesn't allow a 9 year old to take any hormone altering drugs or have genital altering surgery. Some are given hormone blockers at puberty, but the child must be 16 before they can begin hormone replacement therapy. A person must be a legal adult before they can have genital surgery. None of this can be done without authorization from a psychologist trained in this area.

Beta O’Rourke was asked by CNN, “Do you think religious institutions like colleges, churches, charities — should they lose their tax-exempt status if they oppose same-sex marriage?”

“Yes,” O’Rourke said without hesitation, drawing applause from the Los Angeles audience.

Beto's reply should have been no surprise to anyone. The far left, for years, has complained about tax exemptions for religious organizations because of their beliefs about LGBT. This reply should have been nothing more than a talking point for conservatives, except, Ben Shapiro took it to another level when he said:

“Beto O’Rourke does not get to raise my child. And if he tries, I will meet him at the door with a gun,”

The next day Glenn Beck said the exact same thing. This type of violent rhetoric is what democrats will use to take our guns. It has already been pointed out by democrats that Shapiro is an example of why we need red-flag laws—those are laws that flag someone as dangerous so their guns can be confiscated by the government. I'm not surprised to hear Shapiro put out this kind of rhetoric, but Beck saying it is a surprise. Maybe both of them just needed more followers.

The problem isn't political rhetoric or guns, it's the tax system. This isn't the first time it's been proposed that taxes be used to punish an institution. Since the beginning of this country, taxes have been used to punish. This punishment has gone to such an extreme it divided the nation and started a civil war.

Let's say that Beto becomes president and he does take away tax exemptions from institutions that don't support LGBT. Does that mean Ben will have to withdraw his children from his privately owned religious school? Does that mean the government will come and take his children? No, none of this will happen. The school can simply start paying taxes on any profits and they can teach whatever they please. If the school chooses to accept the new regulations, all Ben has to do is home school his children, as thousands are already doing.

Ben and Glenn decided to skip past common sense and jump straight to violence. They basically threatened police, the very group they claim to support. Today, we have leftists gunning down police because they believe they are the bad guys. We even have representatives instigating violence against police.

Conservatives, and the right in general, is about non-violence. No matter the issue, we can find a peaceful solution. Ben and Glenn tell us that the 2nd Amendment is to protect us from government. They are exactly right, but that doesn't mean guns are to be used for political and social disagreements. The 2nd Amendment is to arm citizens in the case the government becomes so corrupt that we can no longer vote away problems. Voting is how we change the system, and so far that has worked.

Whenever you decided to accept a government subsidy or a tax exemption, you gave the government authority over your institutions. The 1st Amendment does give religions certain protections, but do those protections extend to schools and universities that accept government grants and tax exemptions? I say those protections are limited because of tax laws. All tax exemptions and subsidies come with conditions.

For decades there has been the debate over Planned Parenthood and their receiving tax exemptions and grants. Many people are against abortion for just reasons and don't want their tax dollars funding such causes. I find it reasonable that people feel that way. There are others who feel the same way about LGBT causes. They don't think it's right to give tax exemptions and grants to institutions that don't support all LGBT rights.

We will find no middle ground on these topics, that's why we must end the angry, violent rhetoric and find solutions. The only solution is to stop giving tax exemptions to controversial groups. We must end all government subsidies to those same groups. None of those groups will pay taxes unless they turn a profit. All, in these cases, are said to be non-profits, which means they aren't suppose to be making a profit.

I explained in, Mistake of Government Controlled Marriage, how to solve the gay marriage issue, and that's to get government out of marriage. If we can find a solution that satisfies everyone, then that day in the far, far future will never come when people like Glenn and Ben might feel they need to shoot police officers and spend the rest of their life in prison away from their children.

Never forget, peaceful solutions are always better than violence. Once violence is brought into the equation, all sanity goes out the window.

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