I’d call it unbelievable, but I have to be realistic: it’s not unbelievable at all:
Rep. Raúl Labrador (R-Idaho) is sponsoring a bill in the U.S. House of Representatives that would guarantee that no person or group could lose their tax exempt status for affirming traditional marriage, or opposing the redefinition of marriage.Representative Labrador isn’t alone – 75 other Reps, including two Democrats, have signed on as co-sponsors of the bill.
Why in the world, you might ask, do these folks believe something like this is necessary? After all, there’s that whole Free Exercise Clause thing going on already, right?
Due to recent events, there has been growing concern among religious freedom advocates along with the redefinition of marriage to include same-sex couples in some states. Those who provide wedding services, for instance, have been denied the right to decline working at same-sex weddings, and some religious groups have been denied the right to prefer families with both a husband and a wife for adoption services.So, the rampant lawlessness of the current Administration and the Internal Revenue Service prompted this bill. I say ‘lawlessness’ because we have a President who told his Attorney General not to uphold the Defense of Marriage Act; we have the IRS deliberately targeting groups applying for tax-exempt status and being asked specifically about the religious beliefs and worship rites of members.
There have also been growing concerns about the abuse of federal power within the Internal Revenue Service, the agency responsible for granting tax-exempt status. In a scandal still under investigation, the IRS reportedly targeted Tea Party, pro-life and conservative religious groups for additional scrutiny and harassment.
Some folks still want us all to think that persecution of Christians in America is just a myth.
But we know better, don’t we?