Speaking from the Senate floor on Wednesday, Sen. Ben Sasse (R-NE) ripped into Beto O’Rourke for saying at a CNN town hall that he would strip churches of their tax-exempt status if they did not fall in line with liberal doctrine concerning gay marriage.
“Last week,” Sasse said, “a former member of Congress didn’t blink an eye — a former member of Congress now running for President — didn’t blink an eye when he announced that he would strip religious institutions — colleges, churches, and other not-for-profit service organizations — he would strip them of their tax-exempt status if they don’t agree with his political positions.
“That’s a pretty major departure from what America is and what we usually talk about in this body,” he continued. “So, we should pause, and we should call that what it is. That is extreme intolerance, it is extreme bigotry, and it’s profoundly unAmerican. The whole point of America is the First Amendment, and the whole point of the First Amendment is that no matter who you love, and no matter how you worship, we believe in America that everyone, everyone is created with dignity.”
Sasse didn’t specifically call O’Rourke out by name, but there was no doubt that he was speaking about the former congressman from Texas. Beto made waves last week when, eager to prove that he was as woke as anyone else on the Democrat stage, he confirmed that he would punish churches that did not toe the line on same-sex marriage.
“There can be no reward, no benefit, no tax break for anyone or any institution, any organization in America, that denies the full human rights and the full civil rights of every single one of us,” O’Rourke said at CNN’s LGBT town hall. “So as president, we’re going to make that a priority, and we are going to stop those who are infringing upon the human rights of our fellow Americans.”
In front of the Senate, Sasse called for a resolution affirming the First Amendment in the wake of O’Rourke’s disturbing remarks.
“This is a fundamental American tenet. It’s why this country was founded. And because we are all created with dignity, none of us have the right to dictate the conscience commitments of other people,” Sasse said. “The freedom of the conscience is a fundamental American belief and thankfully politicians have no business policing that.
“At the end of the day, there are really just two kinds of societies: there are societies that are about force and power, and there are societies that are about persuasion, about assembly, and about love,” he continued. “For more than 230 years, we’ve decided in this country that we’re the latter. We’re a community of persuasion, not primarily a community of power and force. In America we don’t think the center of life is defined by government. We think the frame of life is defined by government.”
Yeah, but you’re talking about a guy who wants to send the cops around to every house in America to confiscate AR-15s. He doesn’t believe in any of that “community of persuasion” stuff. He – and increasingly the party he belongs to – believes in absolute force. And if he or any of his likeminded colleagues are ever elected to the highest office in the land – if they ever try to trade our Constitution for Communist fascism – you’d better believe that’s exactly what they’ll be met with.