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Buttigieg Hits Beto: Taking Away Churches’ Tax Exempt Status ‘Will Deepen the Division We’re Experiencing’

‘I’m not sure [Beto] understands the implications of what he’s saying’
By Grabien Staff


BUTTIGIEG: "I agree that anti-discrimination law ought to be applied to all institutions but the idea that you're going to strip churches of their tax exempt status if they haven’t found their way toward blessing same-sex marriage, I’m not sure he understood the implications of what he was saying. That means going to war not only with churches, but I would think with mosques and a lot of organizations that may not have the same view of various religious principles that I do, but also because of the separation of church and state are acknowledged as nonprofits in this country. So if we want to talk about anti-discrimination law for a school or an organization, absolutely. They should not be able to discriminate. But going after the tax exemption of churches, Islamic centers, or other religious facilities in this country, I think that's just going to deepen the divisions that we’re already experiencing at a moment when we’re actually seeing more and more people motivated often by compassion and by people they love moving in the right direction on LGBTQ rights. Which is obviously extremely important to me personally."

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